As we made way down the Mekong River on the first day of our river trip, we turned off of the main river and started up a small creek. We strapped on our hats, hunkered in and prepared to be rowed up-stream to our next adventure.
The boats pulled over next to a small bridge and we got of and walked a few meters to the destination. I am not sure exactly what to call it, but they made coconut candy there. We sent some out as Christmas gifts for our friends and family and I wanted to take some time to show you how it is made. Here is my adaptation of what I saw.
1. Remove husks from the coconut using a sharp pointy stick and reserve for later. Break flesh into manageable pieces.
2. Grind flesh and press out the coconut milk.
3. Use reserved husks to make a fire. Take coconut milk and heat over fire, stirring constantly until it becomes thick.
4. Let mixture cool and press it.
5. Place the candy in oiled grooves of the mold and form it into strips.
6. Cut the candy into small rectangular pieces.
7. Wrap with rice paper and decorative paper. Group and wrap into packages to be sold.
8. Sell, transport, open and eat. Yum!