Never one to miss a meal, I ordered my lunch to go as I was leaving my hotel in Laos to head to the airport and back to Blighty. I was literally eating my food as I walked to the taxi. Boy, am I glad that I am greedy. Lunch was superb – a simple beef stir-fry with chilli, garlic and a few peanuts, which was lifted somewhere new with a handful of mint leaves. The mint was a superb addition to a classic South-east Asian stir-fry and probably even worth missing a flight for.