I went to a work buffet on the weekend. The older Lao males loaded up their plates with snails. I’m not sure what type of snails they were. I don’t know if they were water or land based. My rough estimate is that they would have eaten about a dozen and a half each. It might be the French influence that accounts for this large consumption of snails. The younger Lao people didn’t touch them and seemed even more adverse to the snails than I was. They told me that it gives them jep thong (stomach ache).

The most commonly eaten food in Lao offices for lunch is probably instant noodles. It’s very cheap and a lot of people eat it for lunch. My work colleagues tell me that they eat so much instant noodles their heads will soon turn into noodles.