jayinhk wrote:I'll provide more details later
Nobody dilutes their coffee with it though--it is sipped on the side to cool you down and cleanse your palate, and to cut through the taste of the coffee and condensed milk, which is too intense for some.
thanks for all the details, especially as things have changed since i was last there.
you've evoked memories. i can now even taste the iced tea, which brings down the body temperature after a coffee, and does cut through that thickness. i've just kept the habit of good iced thai nguyen tea during summer. i can find Trung Nguyen (i learned it pronounced trung ne-win) by me and i agree it is good quality for a best selling company. what i don't understand well is that the tea and coffee of vietnam is a different strain, if i have that correct, than other tea growing areas. if you know more i'd be happy to learn. but then, the tea regions border yunnan in china so there must be cross-over. and i think japan and taiwan have imported their strains to grow, but i'd like to be certain before i say so.
one great thing i noticed at ben thanh market is that folk,or popular design on ceramic and other arts and crafts at the market is so easy to find. there are shops with beautiful things - more so in hanoi i noticed 10 years ago - that are very elegant, but the hand painted vietnamese folk style is really nice and easy to find at ben thanh.
i look forward to hearing more, thanks again for posting.