Bill and Sue-On Hillman:
A 50-Year Musical Odyssey
HILLMAN INDOCHINA ADVENTURE
MEKONG DELTA II:
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It was a short hop across
to Turtle Island, our "dinner island," but we had a good chance to observe
some of the many other tourist boats that plyed these delta waters. Most
of them were very similar to the boat we were on.
The dining area was thatched
and very much in keeping with the local atmosphere. We were treated to
some local delicasies -- including the local seafood specialty: Elephant
Ear Fish and shrimp. The fish was prepared, first by simmering in coconut
milk, then partially cooked and then finished cooking on a Sterno hot plate
. The server then served it by rolling it in rice paper like a summer roll.
The shrimp were large and prepared in a curry sauce with potato, carrot
and onion. -We washed this all down with cans of Tiger beer and coke .
. . 'twas hot out, you know. The Delta region of South Vietnam is one of
the hottest parts of the country although it is moderated somewhat by the
We had a bit of unexpected excitement
during the meal. One of the fellow travellers at our table chocked on a
piece of shell. He stood up, unable to breathe. Sue-on struggled to perform
the Heimlich Maneuver on him. She struggled to get her arms around him
to form a double fist and evenually bent him over a nearby railing until
a doctor in the party jumped up to help. The man soon recovered with no
lasting ill effects.
Following the meal we made another
short jungle hike -- past the locals' motorbike park, displays of religious
offerings and we were hoping to see some alligators in the swampy areas
we passed through. . . alas, all we saw was a water buffalo tethered in
the water -- keeping cool. These beasts are still much used in the cultivation
and harvest of the delta crops -- especially for rice.
Elephant Ear Fish and other
A few more curiosities on the way back to the boat
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