Coconut Candy Island – Elephant Ear Fish Lunch

June 4, 2012

November 20th, 2011. Hello Vietnam~~~

coconut candy island - lunch

coconut candy island – lunch

   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…..!

coconut candy island - lunch

coconut candy island – lunch

 

 

 

  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!!

coconut candy island - lunch

coconut candy island – lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

We each had these Pancakes in front of us to start with.  Nice and fluffy, light and thin 🙂

coconut candy island - lunch

coconut candy island – lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

coconut candy island - lunch

coconut candy island – lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

How great does this look!  Wrapped right in front of our eyes~~!

coconut candy island - lunch

coconut candy island – lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

coconut candy island - lunch

coconut candy island – lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Shrimp yumminess!  Again, these were hand-peeled for us.  Tender, flavorful, and just so clean.

coconut candy island - lunch

coconut candy island – lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

This very interesting puffed up Sticky Rice Donut!  Our server cut it up into pieces, and advised us to eat it with fresh basil.

coconut candy island - lunch

coconut candy island – lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sticky, crispy, sweet, fresh, delicious!!

coconut candy island - lunch

coconut candy island – lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some greens.  Nicely cooked, tender and vibrant.

coconut candy island - lunch

coconut candy island – lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

coconut candy island - lunch

coconut candy island – lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 🙂

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