The recent flurry of activity around the ‘Is she or isn’t she’ weeping virgin of Saigon means the streets have been flooded with bauble sellers accosting the catholic crew for a religious dime or dollar. Almost a week has past since the first ‘tears’ were spotted by a lottery ticket seller. The believers still congregate in their hundreds to marvel at the concrete statue opposite the HSBC cash machine in central Saigon. Fortunately for the faithful, there are snack vendors aplenty on Nguyen Du street to sustain them throughout their vigil. The seller above normally flogs 80 chuoi nep nuong – rice wrapped bananas – and 20 bot ban – bean paste ball wrapped in sticky tapioca – a day around District 1 from her mobile stall. She tells me trade in her 2,000VD nibbles has been a wee brisker this past week. Praise be.
I’ve covered chuoi nep nuong before, so I won’t gas. Just sit back and ogle. Bloody gorgeous, innit? Hell – why not download the large version and reset your computer wallpaper. Not big enough? Think you can take more? really? Then chuoi nep nuong gigantic is the one for you. Study it carefully. I swear the one bottom left is blubbering. More scenes from the stall here. For more on Weeping Mary, see week old on the spot reports from The Rice Bowl and No Star Where.