Bill and Sue-On Hillman:
A 50-Year Musical Odyssey
HILLMAN INDOCHINA ADVENTURE
MEKONG DELTA II: Island 2 Adventures
1. Coconuts and Cobra Wine
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We boarded a small craft
and headed to our next island stop. This one featured a cottage industry
specializing in making coconut candy and wine.
They demonstrated the whole process
of cutting open the coconut shell, chopping and grating the fruit, and
then cooking it down to a syrup. This they made into "toffee-like" slabs
which they rolled into logs, which were then put onto a template and cut
into the regular candy-sized chunks. A team of girls sat at a large table
wrapping each candy, first in rice paper and then inside a standard wrapper.
After this the candies were prepared for distribution and sale -- the same
type of candy that can be bought in most Chinese groceries back home.
We sampled the various flavours
of candy -- coffee, durian, ginger, etc. -- and perused the tables covered
with other delights for sale. Sue-On resisted buying souvenirs, handicrafts,
etc. since we were travelling with only backpacks on our month-long adventure.
Of particular interest to Bill
was the wine tasting of various concoctions of coconut whine that they
made locally. He couldn't resist the most exotic one. He filled a glass
from a big flask that contained the body of a large snake -- Cobra Wine.
Upon closer look we saw a scorpion in the snake's mouth. It all made
for a unique flavour . . . and experience.
Short Jaunt Across the Waters to the Next Island
Our local guide leads us to the Coconut Candy and
Cobra Wine Factory
Processing the Coconut
Broiling the Coconut and Sugar into a Candy Elixir
Girls molding and wrapping the Coconut Candies for
tourist sale and export
Bill sampling the Candies and Cobra Wine
Local Handicrafts and Candy on display for sale
Back to the Jungle for the next adventure
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