Mar
3
2011

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Lao Fruit Smoothies

by Tyler

Tara is obsessed with juice. Here in Laos, her addiction has taken the form of blended ice-and-fruit(flavored)-smoothies. In every village we pass through, no matter what the size, she usually manages to spy the telltale signs of her next fix. A small table covered in plastic screw-top jugs, all filled with colorful powders is a dead giveaway. Unlike the samples below, the flavors are usually unlabeled.

Smoothie Flavors

Each time it is the same: Tara unscrews the containers one at a time, smelling for the perfect flavor. She finds hers quickly, a pale green honeydew melon that must be carefully differentiated between the identical-looking green tea. I usually opt for chocolate or coffee, if anything. Once we've picked from the colorful array of choices, a few scoops go into a blender, along with ice, sugary syrup, colorful powder, and condensed milk.

Lao Woman Making Smoothie

Lao smoothies are the perfect treat for a hot Southeast Asian afternoon. Tara's note: or morning, mid-afternoon, evening or night!

Melon Flavored Smoothie
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2 comments

IS that a durian flavoring?!!!!
Posted by Natasha on May 3rd, 2011 at 2:47 PM
That's not "juice," its high fructose corn syrup, artificial dye, and god-knows-what toxic chemical flavorings they use in third-world countries. I'd keep my loved ones away from that stuff at all costs.
Posted by blah on July 21st, 2014 at 1:42 AM
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