coconut shredding machine
The highlight of our Ho Chi Minh city tour was taking the boat along the Mekong river. The frequent stops on 3 islands allowed us to learn about life on the river and the livelihood of the river dwellers. Interesting to see cottage industries and learn how they are struggling to survive in this modern world.
Coconut candy for visitors to taste
coconut milk extractor
Arriving on the second island, we visited a coconut processing factory. We were given a free sample of the candy. It is not something I would try the second time as it was too sweet for my liking.
The local guide explained the process of making this sweet coconut candy.
cooking coconut candy over a hot stove
Although the factory was housed in an open shed, it was not messy. The machines were kept clean and shiny.
There was a cauldron of coconut candy mixture cooking on the stove.
Leaving the candy to cool off
On a long table, some candy had been left to cool. What upset me was seeing the number of itchy-hand visitors who poked or touched the cooked candy. I wanted to vomit out the piece of candy I ate.
local workers hand wrapping coconut candy
After the tour, many tourists picked up interesting sweet treats of coconut candy at a corner of the factory.
coconut products for sale
We spent about half an hour at this place before being herded off to another venue behind the factory.