The Road Ahead : December 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 32 IMAGES CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: STREET SCENE, RIPE COFFEE BEANS, COLOURED LANTERNS, 'RUON RAN' COBRA WINE, STREET FOOD VENDOR (THINKSTOCK). THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2013/JAN 2014 Fly free on your next Asian adventure with APT. Experience a luxury river cruise along the Mekong on a 12-day Vietnam and Cambodia tour. From $4420pp, including bonus flights. Conditions apply. For more details, contact RACQ's travel team on 1300 188 713. OFFER RACQ TRAVEL Coffee is individually brewed using a small metal French drip filter and served either hot or cold, usually with sweetened condensed milk. You can't leave Vietnam without trying Vietnamese cobra wine (ruou ran). It's said to cure everything, from farsightedness to hair loss, and you'll find it on sale everywhere in the local markets. Pho (pronounced 'fur') is a traditional Vietnamese soup made of a clear broth, rice noodles, herbs, and usually beef or chicken. It is a specialty of many restaurants in Vietnam and a popular street food. The north and south styles differ by noodle width, sweetness and use of herbs. Luke Nguyen, Australia's most celebrated Vietnamese food expert, chef of award- winning Sydney restaurants, Red Lantern on Crown and Red Lantern on Riley, cookbook author and TV presenter, often escorts tours to Vietnam to show people the art of Vietnam's fine cuisine first-hand. Along with history, culture, colour and the unexpected, Vietnam will leave you with mouth-watering memories. SOUTHERN SWEETNESS The warmer weather and fertile soil of southern Vietnam and the Mekong Delta create ideal conditions for a variety of seafoods, livestock and fresh tropical fruits and vegetables, served up with plenty of garlic, shallots and fresh herbs. Southern Vietnamese dishes are often sweeter than in the other regions, and use more coconut milk and sugar. During its French colonisation, Vietnam also learned how to make some of south-east Asia's best baguettes and coffee. Vietnam is now the largest Robusta coffee-growing nation in the world. In the markets throughout Ho Chi Minh City, you'll also find plenty of stalls selling the famous Vietnamese 'weasel coffee', made by collecting coffee beans eaten by wild civets. At some point in time, some brave person decided to try and make coffee from the beans that had passed through the animals, which apparently dine on only the best, ripest coffee cherries. The result was the coffee that we know as 'Kopi Luwak'. The specialty Vietnamese variety is said to fetch up to US$3000 per kilogram. ... cobra wine (ruou ran). It's said to cure everything, from farsightedness to hair loss ...
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