These stalls seem to sprout all over town soon after lunchtime. Stallfront is normally lined with small beakers full of black liquid, but for some reason this seller just has the one on display. He sells ‘medicinal’ iced drinks. What goes into the drinks I’m not entirely sure, but I think we’re talking Chinese herbs, ginseng and the like. I find this seller along Dinh Cong Trang street very near the ‘famous’ Banh xeo restaurant. For no reason I can think of, this is the first time I’ve ever stopped by one of these stalls. The seller gives me a glass of… errr… something. I didn’t catch the
name, but what I do know is that it costs 1,500VD. Ever so slightly
spicy and sweet – but not uncomfortably so – and really rather
refreshing. Very pleasant indeed.
I think it’s suppposed to be healthy, but I have no idea why or exactly what’s in it that is giving off the health vibes. However, within hours of drinking this I was overcome with the urge to take a Mensa test. Interestingly I learned that I am a genius. For control purposes, I decided to retake the test this morning ‘straight’. It was something of a relief to learn that I am once again thick as shit. Still, this is another star street drink find. One which might just increase your brainpower for a few hours. Useful to know if your stuck on The Times Crossword or your two-year old son asks you to explain the effect of nanotechnology on Moore’s Law. You’d be surprised how often that question comes up. More snaps.
UPDATE: Avid reader emem tells me that the phone numbers on the wall behind this stall illegally advertise the services of concrete cutters. More here.