Vietnam Markets

October 25th, 2012 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

On Tuesday we went around the floating markets of Cai Be in the morning, and looked at the local French Gothic Cathedral. Then in the afternoon e went to the fruit markets of Vinh Long which had some amazing looking and tasting fruits.

Each boat signifies what they are selling by hoisting it up on a stick. There are around 100 of these boats in total floating on the river, buying and selling and bartering.

You even have a soft drink dispenser!

They took us to a rice paper and candy manufacturer where they make amazing products from rice. This is of sand being mixed with brown rice, to make white rice products.

They then chop it up.

And package it. The staff get paid around $2 an hour, which is pretty reasonable for .

This mother hen was picking at rice paper and feeding it to her chicks. Then they got noticed and chased off by stick wielding women!

Anyone fancy pickled snake for lunch?

Deshelling. She (and her mother) get paid 25c a kg and are pretty fast at it. The kids all go to school, but are expected to help earn money when not at school.

The exterior of the Gothic Cathedral. The rest of the town is pretty basic, so this sticks out somewhat.

And the interior.

This is from the afternoon at the fruit markets. These are in fact a type of apple.

I’m not sure if you eat the fruit on the right or use it as a weapon!

No plain packaging in Vietnam!

Yum, fish. The markets were fascinating – both from an economic perspective, but just to see the variety of fruit, and trying them out. We have such little variety in NZ.

 

 

 

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14 Responses to “Vietnam Markets”

  1. magsta (180 comments) says:

    Your apple is not the temperate kind (Malus) but a relative of the lily -pilly tree. Its a Syzygium… and its also known by common names such as Malay apple or monkey apple…… Its sort of tasty.

    The hand-grenade fruit is dragon fruit…. the fruit of a cactus Hylocerus (Native of Mexico, but grown extensively in SE Asia).
    I found them to be pretty tasteless…….. white fruit, zillions of black seeds throughout.

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  2. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    Did you try the dried fish?

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  3. Kea (10,451 comments) says:

    I’m not sure if you eat the fruit on the right or use it as a weapon!

    The fruit on the far right is Rambutan. They taste good.

    The variety of interesting and affordable food in Asia is amazing. We have allot to learn in our food culture. The best meals I have ever had have been on plastic chairs in stiffling heat and humidity, with things crawling around all over the place :)

    In spite of breaking pretty much all the safe eating rules, I have only been sick once.

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  4. Viking2 (10,737 comments) says:

    Deshelling. She (and her mother) get paid 25c a kg and are pretty fast at it. The kids all go to school, but are expected to help earn money when not at school.

    aha, Can’t do that in our comfy paradise. not allowed you see. Better to give more money to Mum.
    Its $13.50 an hour of fuck off and play.

    and Kiwi’s have expressed there displeasure this morning in the 3 news Poll on the Govt.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10842639

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  5. Lucia Maria (1,994 comments) says:

    Catholicism in Vietnam is in a sad way as it’s been brutally repressed by the Communists. The churches are there but actual practicing of the faith in public is extremely dangerous. Here is one priest’s story: The desperate plight of Catholics in Vietnam.

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  6. RRM (8,994 comments) says:

    I’m sure there’s something in this travel post about DPF’s visit to a Vietnamese food market, that will allow me to effortlessly segue into some pissant negative little moan about everything that I think is wrong with New Zealand society and politics.

    ( …wait on, I’m still thinking… :-) )

    Does anyone know what snake meat tastes like?

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  7. big bruv (12,380 comments) says:

    “Catholicism in Vietnam is in a sad way as it’s been brutally repressed by the Communists”

    Perhaps they care more about the kids than they do about middle eastern superstition.

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  8. hj (5,705 comments) says:

    In the Philipines the Catholic church is still strong but they are having to battle the government over contraception. God doesn’t stuff up when they get the duff up.
    Economists say the combination of a growing population and rampant poverty is causing Philippines to lag behind its booming neighbours. Scandalously untrue of course.
    http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-10-03/philippines-contraception-bill-angers-church/1024500

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  9. djp (65 comments) says:

    >I’m not sure if you eat the fruit on the right or use it as a weapon!

    Rambutan, they are almost as good as leechees

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  10. Matt Long (88 comments) says:

    Ah Rambutan, Like lychees on steroids, my favorite Asian fruit.

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  11. Sam Buchanan (499 comments) says:

    Rambutan are good, but mangosteen are fruit heaven.

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  12. Megan (12 comments) says:

    The fruit in SE Asia is amazing. The food in Vietnam is amazing fullstop, I could go back there just to eat! The variety is fantastic. Favourite fruits- the pink one above (dragonfruit), Mangosteens and Jackfruit. So good!! I hope you’ve been sampling lots of food!

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  13. Shazzadude (468 comments) says:

    “Does anyone know what snake meat tastes like?”

    Like slimy chicken.

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  14. chiz (1,095 comments) says:

    Megan:Favourite fruits- the pink one above (dragonfruit)

    I came across some dragonfruit once in Merivale. They looked exotic and had an exciting sounding name, so I looked them up on the internet and found out that they are supposedly very tasty and very popular in SE asia. So I went back to the shop, bought one and tried it – and it tasted like water. No flavour at all. Magsta, in the first comment above, also found them tasteless. So why the discrepancy? Why do Magsta and I find them tasteless when no-one else does? Are we supposed to let them ripen first?

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