A few rocks, some firewood, a pot and a mortar & pestle are all that is needed to prepare a delicious Lao meal. Most Lao people buy the fresh ingredients they need daily at their local market. One of the best ways to experience Lao culture and learn about Lao cuisine is to pay a visit to one of the colourful local food markets any morning or evening. Popular markets in Luang Prabang include Talaat Phosi and Na Vieng Kham market. I came across many unusual items one morning at the market near my guesthouse (off the main street next to the National Museum).