Food Wonder Vietnam - Condensed Milk
I know what you're thinking. He went all the way across
the world to discover condensed milk! It was worth it because sweetened
condensed milk is the best thing since milk.
I had seen it in stores at home before and wondered what one used
it for, kind of like those great buckets of lard next to the butter.
I knew that some people took it camping with them. I knew militia
men in Michigan probably kept a stock of it in their bunkers along
with the twinkies and spam. I did not know it was good until I went
The small area of Vietnam and its' lack of resources limits the
feasibility of large scale commercial dairies and most milk is imported
from Australia. The expense of imported goods, the year round heat
and the lack of refrigeration make condensed milk the perfect solution
for a country not that keen on dairy anyway. Spread it on toast,
add it to tea or simply mix it with boiling water - I will never
again be without a can in the cupboard (or the bomb shelter).
For you folks back in hot Arizona, try a Vietnamese Ice coffee to
cool you down: just add one half Vietnamese
coffee* to one half sweetened condensed milk. Stir and pour
over ice. We live on the stuff.
*Just make it as strong as you possibly can and add a bit of chocolate.
See also Tikaloks for
another great use for this product no-one should be without a can