Street ladies abound in Laos, you’ll see them on every street where tourist gather. Street ladies I hear you say? Sorry to disappoint but I am strictly talking of the pancake making variety. In both Luang Prabang and here in Vang Vieng there are loads of lovely ladies all along the side walk offering fresh cooked Laos street food, baguettes, pancakes, nodles, soups and of course shakes. While most are identical in what they offer they do differ in quality as you would expect. We found our favourites both here and in Luang Prabang and continued using them for the duration of our stay.
The main difference in the Vang Vieng ladies was the tasty pancakes they offer. Actually they were roti but so much more delicious than normal pancakes. The fillings were endless from banana and chocolate to chicken and bacon. Our savoury favourite was tomato, cheese, onion and, of course, chili. These were cooked on a big mobile solid top with hot coals keeping it super hot.
Not to be out done by their southern counterparts the ladies of Luang Pranbang were the shake masters. The biggest standout by far was the oreo and banana shake, personal favourite of the boys. Made with sweetened condensed milk, this was sickly sweet and could only enjoyed by those with an extremely sweet tooth. Of course they made shakes in all the garden variety tropical fruits for the remaining tourists.
Both towns made baguettes which came with all sorts of fillings. Made fresh while you wait, we tended to play it safe with the cheese salad variety. Of course, not just any cheese but the white Laughing Cow type cheese triangles which we only eat and enjoy enormously while traveling. Cost wise it was cheaper to have them make one than actually buy the ingredients and do it yourself.
Take away coffee was a bit hit and miss,they put their own special spin on it. Coffee came in a milkshake container with lid and straw. Yes a hot coffee through a straw and complete with a carry bag to walk with.
There was no reason to go hungry if you didn’t fancy a trip to the local restaurants. With the wet season downpours coming all too frequently, they even invited us under cover of their umbrellas while they cooked your favourite meal.
Just watch out though, I saw a couple of electrical blenders explode in the rain. It all adds to the excitement really.