Chau Doc, Vietnam

Ryan and I took a Mekong Delta cruise as transportation to Phnom Penh. It wasn’t anything like our Halong Bay cruise, just a fun, beautiful, and easy way to get to Cambodia. While cruising the Mekong, our group made several stops to visit villages and learn about coconut candy making, puff rice, and silk weaving. It was a 2 day trip with an overnight stay on a floating hotel. The hotel wasn’t the prettiest, but it was lovely to be rocked asleep on the river. My favorite part of the trip was our visit to Chau Doc. This was a quick tour of the village that I managed to extend. Instead of keeping the brisk pace the group had set, Ryan and I leisurely walked behind them, stopping to talk with village folks and play with children. I smelled something baking just up the way on the street and I had to find out what it was. In front of me was this little old woman using two frying pans and a couple of lids over a fire to heat up something that smelled like pancakes. Through hand gestures we spoke about trying one. It was delicious. It had a semi crispy crust almost like a cookie but with a cake like center. I wish I had gestured for more. When Ryan and I finally did catch up with the rest of our group, I told our guide about our special treat and he told me it was coconut cake. I’ve been on the lookout for this coconut cake since we’ve arrived in Phnom Penh. I’ve seen it only once but was in a tuk tuk on a busy street. Unfortunately there was no way of pulling over to see if it was the same. I’m determined to find this cake again.

Matt - I want some of that cake too. Sounds so good. Love the photos and keep them coming. Miss and love you both.

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