All my thinking lately about food in connection with my food blogging, which easily can become a passion, sent my thoughts a couple of years back to two weeks I spent in Laos. I went there with Norwegian Church Aid, and among several travel guides I brought with me was Natacha Du Pont De Bie's "Ant Egg Soup - The Adventures of a Food Tourist in Laos"
When I travelled it was not as a traditional tourist, but as a visitor or guest of the people of Laos. We spent most of our time out in the countryside, and we ate lunch and dinners with the locals. The food was from their own land or bought at local markets. And good for us, most of the time we didn't exactly know what we were eating.
Natacha Du Pont De Bie writes about a most delicious ant egg soup in her book. We never got to try that spesific soup, but among my favories were roasted or fried bugs. I have travelled globally before and been afraid of eating unknown things, so this time I was determined to give everything a try. And believe me, the bugs was eatable, and the bamboo worms (in the first photo) were quite good :-). And our hosts could tell from my face that I liked it, which made them serve it, a delicatessen for them, again and again - almost to the desperation of the other members in my travelling group.
I am enjoying so much fantastic local Norwegian food this week, and without much posibility to write a new post I am reposting this one.