November 20th, 2011. Hello Vietnam~~~
After a few activities on Unicorn Island, a canal boat ride and another boat ride we arrived at Coconut Candy Island and……….lunch!! Over looking the Mekong River, this little place specializes in the local delicacy…Fried Elephant Ear Fish! Caught straight from the murky waters of the Mekong. Well…when in Rome…..!
So, this wonderful spread was waiting for us as we arrived. The Elephant Fish in the middle and on each of our plates and pancake. Time to dig in!!
We each had these Pancakes in front of us to start with. Nice and fluffy, light and thin 🙂
So our lunch attendant picked the fish apart and with the flesh, some veggies and some rice noodles wrapped it all up in a rice wrap and handed one to each of us.
How great does this look! Wrapped right in front of our eyes~~!
We dipped this Elephant Ear Rice Wrap in the individual peanut sauces in front of each of us and let the freshness just burst in our mouths!
Fresh Shrimp yumminess! Again, these were hand-peeled for us. Tender, flavorful, and just so clean.
This very interesting puffed up Sticky Rice Donut! Our server cut it up into pieces, and advised us to eat it with fresh basil.
Sticky, crispy, sweet, fresh, delicious!!
Some greens. Nicely cooked, tender and vibrant.
Obviously a lot of Korean tourists must come by because the locals try to cater to a Korean sensibility when they see Koreans. This was their version of Korean Kimchi Jjigae served in a flaming bowl.
Gotta wash it down with some good ol’ Coca Cola 😉 Great way to polish off a great meal! Sure, we were all super full, but somehow it didn’t feel uncomfortable or heavy. Just this nice, satisfying feeling 🙂