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Coconut, Honey?

Floating market is not all about Mekong River. There’s much to discover along the river.

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Mekong River, September 2nd 2011

Let’s start from coconut, honey? Oh... honey, you come first ;-)

You see that picture of bee there? This area is well known for its bee farm.

This was our first stop.

We were served with a welcome drink of honey and tea. I sat together with a Vietnamese family. I felt shy. I grabbed my cellphone to take this picture, but not my SLR camera.

Then small bottles of honey cosmetics were placed in front of us. I didn’t take a picture. Then came this man explaining about bees. So I believe, for he spoke in Vietnamese. I’ve seen this 2 years ago on my first tour to the Mekong Delta. Hmmm… but wait a minute, something’s rather different. Sheepishly I took out my camera and shot. Blur. The thing this man is holding in his right hand, I didn't see 2 years ago.

Oh ya, the honey tea was good. I wish I got a bigger cup :D

The restaurant also sold honey for cosmetic. This is the sheet explaining the benefits of honey. My eyes bumped into the words: "To beautiful". Aha!

Now, about the coconut production. It wasn’t until then that I saw fellow European tourist shooting with an SLR, although not as big as mine. I began to gain confidence. Look, our tour guide is demonstrating how to peel the coconut of its shell. I’ve seen that, too. Just shoot.

From here on it’s not the same as what had seen in 2009. The factory I saw in 2009 was all automatic. Here’s a tool to slice the coconut.

And then the equipment to extract the coconut juice.

Now the coconut juice already mixed with sugar, is boiled while constantly being stirred.

Next step, the cooked coconut juice fills long molds like this. Some of them have been given additive color of light green.

When the coconut bars are dry and hard, the workers slice them into small squares, and wrap them one by one.

To ensure all coconut bars come in regular size, three by three are thrust into this tin mold.

Posted by automidori 04:48 Archived in Vietnam Tagged vietnam mekong_river

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