this is the first of a set of posts I have on a side trip we took from ho chi minh to stay at the mekong delta. after years of only eating-and-shopping/tailoring in this city – not that those are insignificant activities to us – we decided to try something new, so I booked us on a two-day stay at the mekong lodge (their website here).
we stayed in one-storey bungalows along the mekong lodge, did a bit of guided sightseeing and local-eating, went out to see a local floating market and how some traditional delicacies were made – and let’s start with some pretty photos from the trip we took to a bee farm nearby.
this wasn’t a typical bee-farm visit, where you see crates upon crates of bees and wore protective clothing – it was more in line of a touristy introduction to the honey products some villagers here were producing. not that we minded, really – we’re not so inclined towards loads of buzzing around us and the humid weather would have made any of that pretty uncomfortable – plus I love the photos I managed to get of the bees in the sun.
we started off with a some honey poured into the bottom of a tea cup which we were to drink with hot chinese tea – this was really good, even if i didn’t actually taste anything different about the honey – a good idea to do back at home, they go very well together.
after this, we were passed a container of tiny pebbly little pollen bits, which apparently get stuck on the legs of the bees as they do their thing, then collected as they pass through a sort of sieve to return to their hive. they melted in the tea and I don’t remember them having a distinctive taste if anything – just interesting. also probably one of those things you eat for purported health benefits, rather than any true gastronomic interest.
the last thing we were shown were capsules of royal jelly (I think they tried to push this the most) – I got a little taste of the thick milky substance (could pass off as hair wax, really) but I thought it weird – a little sour and strong-tasting – more than anything else. it’s meant to be full of nutrients, lots of antioxidants and nutrients and whatever term they like to use, but again it seems more healthy than tasty. if you’re wondering, that last photo of yellow and orange containers are where the bees deposit the royal jelly – pretty neat, aren’t they?
they were trying to get us to the buy the products – but we expected that, and they weren’t overtly pushy either. the bottles of honey weren’t really expensive so we got one anyway, for the tea we enjoyed and the information we got. I’ll follow this with the other activities we managed to try while at the lodge, and maybe you might consider integrating it into your holiday too?