Driving around Viet Nam on a motorbike is a great way to see the sights and enjoy a refreshing breeze. Some days though, it’s extremely hot, and you need to either escape inside to an air-conditioned environment, or cool yourself down with a cold drink.
The most thirst-quenching and cooling drink you get in Viet Nam is sugar cane juice. Many sugar cane juice stalls are located on the street, so just roll up alongside and order. An iced sugar cane juice costs around NZ$1 (10,000 dong).
Some of my husband’s family grow sugar cane. Here’s a picture of one of the plants at their farm, a couple of hour’s drive south of Ho Chi Minh City.
This is the fascinating process of extracting the juice. Notice that the lady slips something between the stalks on the third pass through the rollers – a lime wedge, to cut the sweet and add a nice flavour twist.