Evening grocery shopping at Kok Pho Market in Vientiane, Laos and checking out the various food stalls offering cooked food one can buy to take home, heat it up or not for a meal.

The prices are reasonable when one doesn’t have time to cook or just want to add extra dinner to the table. For dinner tonight, options include various Lao stews soups like bamboo shoot soup or freshwater shellfish stew.

Then there are grilled or steamed food in banana leaves with steamed vegetables and chili dipping sauces to go with the meal.