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This is how pepper grows on Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam.
Giving away money for luck is a common practice in the Sinosphere (East Asia, countries that share a common culture based on ancient Chinese influence). Depending on modern day culture, the amount can range from a small, symbolic gesture like two Hong Kong Dollars up to a third of the annual salary in a few cases. In Vietnam, often families pack up their whole host of children, grandchildren and other related offspring to tour the houses of relatives for the sole purpose of skimming off red envelopes. An old, but quite annoying practice at times.
|Grass Jelly Sweet Soup|
Here I cooked myself up some grass jelly for dessert.
|How to make grass jelly|
The instructions on how to make grass jelly, a refreshing herbal dessert in Southeast Asia, are... slightly... confusing...
|Vats of Fish Sauce|
Vats of fermenting fish sauce at Khai Hoan factory on Phu Quoc island.
|Banh Khoai Mi and Banh Da Lon|
Banh khoai mi and banh da lon, cassava cake and pig skin cake. Lovely!
|Khai Hoan Fish Sauce Phu Quoc|
The products of one of the more accessible fish sauce factories on Phu Quoc Island.
|Flag of Vietnam|
The flag of Vietnam.
|Map of Vietnam|
Topographic map of Vietnam.
|Engine Room Telegraph|
As seen at the Gia Long Palace in Saigon.
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