Ice cream banh mi popular among Ca Mau youth

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In the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau, a loaf of banh mi stuffed with ice cream, roasted peanuts, and condensed milk is a popular kid’s snack on summer days.

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A boat that sells ice cream banh mi in Ca Mau approaches the shore to serve some customers.

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Children queue up for their ice cream banh mi that costs VND5,000 ($0.21) apiece. Ngoai Ty, a freelance photographer in Ca Mau who shot the photos, said though road infrastructure has been upgraded, motorized boats are still favored by Mekong Delta families who use them to deliver different kinds of items to each family for sale.

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This woman made her own coconut ice cream and put it in a stainless steel can. To keep the ice cream from melting in the hot weather, she put the can in the middle of a Styrofoam container filled with ice.

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She sprinkles roasted peanuts on top of the ice cream.

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She then adds a little condensed milk – an indispensable part that makes the dish both sweet and fatty. People who dislike sweets may shy away from it.

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If you do not like banh mi, you can order a glass of coconut ice cream, also for VND5,000.

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“The kids really love it,” Ngoai Ty said.

Photos by Ngoai Ty

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