The Kids and New Snacks
Trip Start Aug 04, 2009
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There is also a group photo of my journalists posing after having finished the latest edition of our student written school newspaper the Van Phuc Village Press
Then last night one of my Vietnamese friends came over and brought some tasty treats for nibbling on. Since nearly every thing that seems to be the same as whats in the states turns out to be different. I was fairly certain I was looking at oranges and potatoes. People hear cook sweet potatoes then peel and eat them like fruit. Well the orange was actually an orange but much better tasting without the steroids the US pumps it into their oranges. The color was brighter and the juice sweeter. The skin was thicker and the white area between the skin and fruit is eaten and its also sweet. The white potato looking snack is called a Cu Dau and when i said it looked like a potato I was swiftly corrected so its not a potato despite it looking like one. The taste is not like a potato, in fact I have discovered so many new flavors here that I no longer have a basis to compare in many foods I've had and this is no exception. It is quite plain tasting but juicy and mildly sweet.
I'm heading out here soon for practice ride #3 and i'm wanting to try the real road but I'll start at Ciputra and maybe ride some around the area outside this gated community. I'll take my camera so you can see how surreal this area is being planted in the center of Hanoi, I'm also planning on doing some visiting of local temples, pagodas and hopefully a street with many plants in my search to find the elusive (elusive to me that is)plant that resembles bamboo but called Phat Loc. I need some greenery to warm up these hard walls and cold furniture.