The Snack Factory on the Mekong River in Vietnam

Apparently almost all tours of the Mekong make this requisite stop at a snack factory on the river. Not everyone was thrilled with this stop but anything to do with food and I’m hooked!

Making a huge rice paper wrapper by swirling around the rice slurry on a stretched cooking surface.
Making a huge rice paper cracker at the snack factory on the Mekong River in VietnamThere’s a real knack to lifting up the rice wrapper/paper once it has cooked.
Making a rice paper wrapper in a snack factory along the Mekong River in VietnamThe rice ‘paper’ is laid down on woven bamboo to dry.Making rice paper wrappers in a snack factory along the Mekong River in VietnamHere they were making caramel over a fire fuelled by the left-over rice husks, a clever way to re-use waste products.Making caramel over a fire fuelled by rice husks at the snack factory on the Mekong River in VietnamThe caramel was cut into squares and packaged.Cutting and wrapping caramels at the snack factory on the Mekong River in VietnamPuffed rice strips.Puffed rice strips at the snack factory on the Mekong River in VietnamSlicing up a tray of puffed rice sweets.
Cutting up a tray of puffed rice sweets in a snack factory on the Mekong River in VietnamPackaged with nuts and other goodies, these strips were turned into either savoury or sweet treats.The rice strips converted to sweet snacks and packaged at the snack factory on the Mekong River in VietnamWe were served tea with a variety of sweets: the same puffed rice with a syrup coating along with dried fruits and other nibbles.Tea with sweets at the snack factory on the Mekong River in VietnamOnce we were filled up with sweets they led us out to meet the hungry SNAKE!They filled us with sweets at the snack factory on the Mekong River in Vietnam and then led us out to meet the hungry SNAKE!We survived the snake but I wasn’t so sure whether I would survive the snake wine!Knocking back snake wine in a snack factory the Mekong River in VietnamIn fact, there was a wide selection of wines with embedded snakes. I guess you could say that these snakes didn’t survive the wine either!Snake wine; don't tell me you're supposed to drink it!When she saw these mini-bottles of snake wine the woman next to me exclaimed, “Wouldn’t that be a great present for the kids!” I gave her an odd look and she explained, “The grandkids, they’ll love it!” I wasn’t sure how old these kids were but the woman was thwarted in her gift-giving plans when she was advised that the US did not allow such things into the country.Snake in a bottle in a snack factory on the Mekong River in VietnamCobratox Cream made from cobra venom.
Cobra tox venom for sale in the snack factory on the MekongMore on our December 2013 trip to Vietnam.

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