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Worst place to eat in Luang Prabang

Posted by daawgon on 27/11/2010 at 11:22

has to be the Coconut Restaurant - incredibly BAD FOOD! My papaya salad tasted like sauerkraut with fish sauce, and my Cantonese noodles looked more like an Italian pasta dish that was badly overcooked. Never again!

I intend to eat again at the Night Market Buffet because the food was fresh and tasty (not to mention cheap and healthy).

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 28/11/2010 at 00:42

Try any street stall that attempts western dishes, especially sandwich/burger bars in late afternoon when the mayo or pre-cooked egg has sat around all day. Potential quick weight-loss program when you get food poisoning and can't hold food down for 3 or 4 days whilst constantly leaking water from 2 or more orifices. Actually the worst I had in Laos was a coconut pancake, maybe due to the rancid margarine or whatever had been cooked in the same pan that day.

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Posted by daawgon on 4/12/2010 at 15:02

Posted from within Vietnam.

I'm back here in Hanoi now, and really miss that good Swedish pizza I had at Scandinavian Bakery. Seems to me that Vietnamese standards of cleanliness are also pretty poor. For instance, my 2* hotel here has this buffet breakfast which is pretty good, except the plates are half clean and the tables are greasy.

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Posted by MADMAC on 4/12/2010 at 16:57

I tend to avoid street food period - for the reasons you cited. It's not as if you can't get sick in Asia eating Asian food. Sloppy health habits are sloppy health habits. Some western food requires a bit more preservation - although certainly not all.

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Posted by Rufus on 5/12/2010 at 13:42

It's not just street food. The worst I had was after a seafood meal in Manila at a supposed really good restaurant. I thought I was going to die.

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Posted by MADMAC on 7/12/2010 at 12:09

Indeed. It took me about six months here to figure out which places are OK to eat, and which are not. That's a luxury, of course, that transients just don't have.

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Posted by somsai on 8/12/2010 at 07:02

Six months? Takes me about sixty seconds, I ask a local. Mac, don't you speak the language? Good golly Ms. Molly.

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Posted by MADMAC on 8/12/2010 at 10:27

Ask a local? You think I trust these guys opinions on anything Somsai? Are you kidding me? Like I said in another, unrelated post, God knows I love 'em, but Thais and I don't regard things like cuisine in quite the same manner - ditto for driving. The indigenous persons here are, well, we are definitely different in a number of areas. What they think is good, and what I think is good, are two different things. Also, yes, I speak Thai, but I speak it badly. So nuanced questions are out. For a lot of people here, good means cheap. Now, after living here a while, I know a number of people who's opinions on the subject I would be inclined to trust. But it took a long time to meet those people.

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