..to enjoy an evening mango fruit shake to cleanse your body of prior alcoholic saturation? You know you're in Nam when the carrot juice dude parks outside a local watering hole at 11 p.m. Even the most opulent of clubs serve up the mandatory fruit plate to V.I.P. customers alongside their $120 'look at me' bottles of Belvedere. Fruits just juice their way into the lifestyle over here.
Tonight I went for a detoxifying mango smoothie (Sinh tố xoài). Other options include Dâu (strawberry), bơ (avocado), Mãng cầu xiêm (soursop), Hồng xiêm (sapodilla) and Cà chua (tomato). They do it up a bit different than Jamba Juice out here- like with coffee they add a generous dollop [or two] of condensed milk along with a couple spoonfulls of sugar to mix with your selected fruit ['cause fruit isn't sweet!]. Blend it up with ice and you're ready to gulp. The condensed milk gives it a richness that teeters the line between sweet and over-the-tOp. These days I rarely slurp on Sinh tố, having burned out back in early 2oo9 from a Lactose O.D. Still, it's a nice occasional blast of fruity flavor when the sweet-tooth hollers.
Here's a short observatory vid. in front of a neighborhood Quán nhậu (boozing restaurant).
I swear this clip isn't from 1978. That's just Nam. That's just how they do. Look out for the mobile sand-roasted chestnut peddler (Hạt dẻ)!