“It’s about this long and looks like tiger.” Imagine my horror. On each table, I see a circular slot and in goes a charcoaled heated piping hot metal steamboat cum grill. Half of the food was in soup and the top of the silver pot was barbequing meat. I could see my breath in the air in front of me. It is cold, so I will say yes to anything warm.

“It’s about this long and looks like tiger.” Imagine my horror. On each table, I see a circular slot and in goes a charcoaled heated piping hot metal steamboat cum grill. Half of the food was in soup and the top of the silver pot was barbequing meat. I could see my breath in the air in front of me. It is cold, so I will say yes to anything warm.

We are served sticky rice, chicken cooked in coconut milk, special sausages, watercress soup, bamboo shoots fried in rice flour batter and fish steamed in banana leaf. His cooking deserves thumbs up. We end the meal with fresh fruits and Beer Lao. Beer Lao is hard to avoid here.

Relaxed, friendly, open and a touch outlandish at times, Laos can throw up surprises. If you enjoy a place with a few home comforts, eating animals you don’t know the name of, and meeting people who measure personal happiness by making others happy, it’s a hard place to leave.

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