Friday, April 18, 2014

Ice Cream Heaven in Ho Chi Minh City - PhotoHunt

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Find Indigo in the Rainbow cubes which I ordered 

PhotoHunt theme : Indigo/ Still life

On our last day in Ho Chi Minh city, a tour member was desperately trying to dispose off a huge supply of bananas presented to him by a lady. Every tour members was given bananas for breakfast and lunch. When we met him during tea time, he was still trying to "push" his bananas to us. :D

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brought our own bananas to an ice-cream parlour ... LOL

One of the tour members suggested having banana split ice-cream, so we piled into a taxi and arrived at a classy ice-cream parlour.

It was a Vietnamese cafe selling high-end French ice-cream. In Ho Chi MInh City we did not expect a high class ice cream shop. The Franco-Vietnamese ice cream has a range of home-grown flavours, including durian, star anise and green tea. We struggled to make a choice.

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This is a mint and vanilla flavour ice-cream, I thought the decoration was a cabbage leaf but it turned out to be white chocolate. Very creative!

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coconut 

My husband's coconut ice cream. Looks too pretty to be eaten and it was very delicious.

I ordered a plate of beautiful Rainbow Cubes, 7 fruity sherbets.

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There is a fondue set which comes with 14 mini-scoops of ice cream and it was a good way to sample the flavours.

The ice cream was a little pricey to Vietnamese standards but it was good quality ice-cream and beautifully present - a lovely treat!

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Still life  - Coconut ice-cream 






Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tropical Fruit Farm@Ho Chi Minh City - WW

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sweet tasting Vietnamese fruits

Our second day in Ho Chi Minh city, we went island hopping on the Mekong Delta where the people make their living as farmers and fishermen. The majority of Vietnam's fruits come from the many orchards here. We were going to visit a fruit farm and later have lunch in a fish farm.

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                                                  riding a horse cart

Four of us rode on a rickety cart as the horse trotted through a rustic village to our destination. The sun was scorching hot and we were sweating profusely. Luckily the ride lasted only 15 minutes. It was fun. :)

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We arrived at a lush tropical gardens to sample tropical fruits. Many of the fruits are easily available in Singapore. 5 small plates of cut fruits were shared among a table of 6 people. They didn't serve us their famous dragonfruit.

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While we snacked on tropical fruits, there was a live traditional music performance. After singing 3 songs, they came around with baskets to collect $$$. :D

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Half an hour later, we found ourselves seated on a sampan, cruising down a canal. Four persons to a row boat, we had to sit quite still and hold on to the sides of the small boat while a Vietnamese lady did the rowing. It was not easy for me to take good photos with only one free hand. LOL

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Along the canal were lots of nipah palms. Their fruits called attap chee are sweet, translucent, gelatinous balls used as a dessert ingredient in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.

At the end of the canal, our ferry was waiting. Time for our late lunch. Hungryyy.







Friday, April 11, 2014

Elephant Ear Fish@ Ho Chi Minh City - PhotoHunt

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 The Kissing Elephant Ear Fish :P

PhotoHunt theme : Ginormous/ Stones

We spent a day island-hopping, exploring the natural beauty of the Mekong Delta to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Walking on dusty dirt roads as we passed through a village to the next stop, we often saw piles of bricks and stones outside dilapidated houses. The owners are probably making a good living with the hundreds of tourists descending on their village daily. ;)

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After visiting a honey bee farm and a candy factory, about mid-day we were absolutely famished when we arrived at a fruit tree farm. After snacking on some local fruits, we had a thrilling ride on a sampan into the deeper canals of the Mekong river to find lunch.

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We had a unique lunch set in a pagoda restaurant, surrounded by lotus and koi on the Mekong Delta. 

The moment the eight of us seated ourselves around the table, a waiter plopped a pair of ginormous Osphronemus Exodon or Elephant Ear Gouramis as its commonly known before us. A waitress followed with a ginormous sticky rice ball and placed it in front of me.

Every one whipped out their camera phones and snapped away, not allowing the service staff to touch the two items until we had taken photos to our hearts' content. LOL 
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Gutted and deep fried, then propped up on a plate between wooden chopsticks, the fish has a sweet and succulent flesh which is meaty. Deep fried with its scales on, the whole fish including its fins and scales are all edible. :)

The waiter picked off the flesh and together with local herbs (such as mint, cucumber basil), and noodles are placed in wafer thin rice pancakes which are tightly rolled and dipped into a Muoc Cham fish sauce.

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yummy fish wrapped in rice paper

We had fried chicken, deep fried cassava balls, steamed prawns and a vegetable soup.

This local Mekong cuisine is served at Diem Phuong Restaurant. After lunch we returned back to Ho Chi Minh City.


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