As you can see, the sugar liquid is turning brown and thickening [Speaking the Khmer language] [Mr. Rum]: It not only smells good but also tastes sweet It has a shiny golden color [Khoai]: Thank you It’s so dark now Hi everyone, I’m Khoai
Welcome back to Khoai Lang Thang channel Next to me is Mr. Rum He is the one who is gonna lead me to the doub palm garden Me, with Mr. Rum and Mr. Sên We are going to pick some doub palm fruits to make palm sugar and we’ll drink their juice too Wait for us, we’re going there now Can you hear the speaker sound? Because it’s only 5:20 in the morning We’ll be there in no time
Mr. Sên has been there since 4 AM It’s so dark, I cannot see anything Let me turn on the flashlight [Khoai]: What’s your name?
[Khoai]: Mrs. Mao! It’s so dark
This is the stove that we’ll use to cook palm sugar later To be honest, I can only wake up early if I go filming like this Normally, I’m still falling asleep now I don’t know if you can see clearly This place is very beautiful Because there’re a lot of doub palm trees Yesterday, Mr. Sên said that I should come here at 6 or 7 AM because I cannot see anything in this early morning But I want to join them It’s true that I can see nothing now [Khoai]: What time did he started to pick the fruits? [Mr. Rum]: 5 AM
[Khoai]: Oh, it’s 15 minutes ago Introducing to you, this is Mr. Sên He has been climb on the doub palm trees for a while Mr. Sên can hear Vietnamese well But he can only speak a little bit of Vietnamese There’s a dog that running around As you can see, this is a doub palm tree The root of this kind of palm is 4-5 times bigger than a coconut tree And he will use a bamboo tree With has nodes for him to climb on When the sun rises, I’ll use flycam to film the top of the tree for you It’s so dark now, we cannot see anything We only know that he’s climbing up there like this After 10 minutes, he’s coming down And bringing 3 containers of doub palm juice This juice, if you let it sit on the outside for several hours, it’ll become sour So they will add in a kind of herb, called “sên” As can you see, it’s floating on the surface
[Khoai]: Can I take it out a bit? [Khoai]: Thank you It’s like a kind of medicine If you put the pieces of this tree inside, the juice won’t be sour Without this herb, the juice hanged on there will become sour and we cannot drink it We will filter the juice first To get rid of the flowers or dead ephemera A box like that contains 5 liters of juice [Mr. Rum]: No, only about 3 liters
[Khoai]: Oh, 3 liters [Mr. Rum]: Or maybe 4 liters… It smells so good The doub palm flavor is strong Oh, there’s a rat! Ah, he put a rat cage on the top of the doub palm tree In order to prevent any creatures that eat the fruit [Speaking the Khmer language] [Khoai]: This is tea tree leaves Can you see the white cows? They have delicious meat, very fragrant too Sorry you two I cannot say to the cows that their meat is yummy I’m such a weird guy Actually, that is one of the An Giang specialities The white cow meat has a condensed milk fragrant Such an angry dog! There’re some trees in this area, I’ll follow him The speaker is playing children’s songs Omg… Can you see that long flower? If a tree has that flower, it’s the male tree People prefer the male fruit juice than the female one, because they think it’s more fragrant and tasty And the special thing is he has to cut off… Cut off the sprout of the flower, so the resin can come out more Then he will apply those containers in And tomorrow, those containers will full of juice That juice will be used to cook into doub palm sugar 4 to 5 flowers in a container If a flower releases less juice in the other 2 or 3 days He will use a tool to massage the flower [He is sitting on the male tree and the right one is female tree] Once the flower is massaged, it will release more juice Many people think that doub palm juice comes from the fruit, but it’s not The juice comes from sprouts and flowers of the tree Not only doub palm tree gives us sweet juice and sugar Nipa, palm and coconut can also give us sweet juice In Bến Tre, we also have sugar that made from flower or sprout of the coconut tree You can search it on Google People in my hometown are selling sugar that made from the coconut tree, not only selling fruits Because they can have more money by selling the sugar than the fruit I’ll try drinking the juice freshly like this, to see if it’s different from the store It smells good [Man]: Because of the “herb” It’s the “sên” tree [Mr. Rum]: Drink some!
[Khoai]: Okay [Khoai]: Can I have some? [Mr. Rum]: It’s very good There’re some bees and butterflies inside They also want to drink the juice So we just have to blow the bubbles on the surface aside and drink the lower clear juice The sweetness is stronger than the juice that sold in stores Maybe it’s because there’s no ice and it’s March The juice in this season is sweeter than in rainy season [Mr.Rum]: The juice in rainy season is not good
[Khoai]: It’s more bland, right? Please have some! Maybe he has drinking this so much He has caught another rat Because they will eat the fruits, so we have to capture them Mrs. Mao has just come back from the market with a fish to cook a meal She also bought a very special thing Let me introduce to you This is chewy sponge cake that made with doub palm Maybe I have introduced to you so many time before They’re made with rice flour and doub palm flesh I’ll have some tea You didn’t come here If you have stuck with me, you cannot escape Come here Don’t be shy You was very angry Why not now!? Only female trees have fruits And male ones only have flowers Later on, we’ll use these fruits to cook in to doub palm sweet porridge I’ll carry this one Heavy? No!?
Wow, you’re so good The fruit will be opened So we can take the white flesh out Can you see that?
When we slice the top of a fruit There’s a part that has a triangle shape We will cut the fruit in 3 parts exactly the same with that shape So we can have 3 parts With 3 pieces of flesh inside each part [Khoai]: This is for me? Thank you This is the flesh that Mr. Rum gave me I’ll take a bite It has some juice inside This one tastes like nipa flesh Kinda chewy and soft It has a light taste It’s not completely like nipa flesh, because it’s kinda more jelly-like It’s like nata de coco
I love eating this The sugar liquid is thickening And the liquid will boil strongly So we have to pay more attention in this part, the liquid can boil too much and spill outside Smells so good If it’s about to spill outside, he’ll mix it with a stick immediatly But when the liquid gets thicker, it’s more dangerous because it’s very easy to be burnt She’s cutting the flesh into smaller pieces So beautiful
They’re like crystals after being peeled This girl asks for a piece She’s using some palm sugar Cook with some oil to make a beautiful color for the dish He’ll pour some doub palm juice in Blowing some ants away He doesn’t want the ants to fall inside We don’t need any sugar because the juice is already sweet We only use the flesh and the juice One glass per person! Thank you! This is doub palm water Which we collected this morning And the flesh that she has just taken out Just need doub palm juice, some fleshes and ice We have an awesome drink Normally, at the beverage stall This is usually sold for about 10 or 20,000 VND per glass However, I could tell that the juice there isn’t as this fresh [Mr. Rum]: Is it sweet?
[Khoai]: Yeah, it is [Mr. Rum]: No need sugar, right?
[Khoai]: Yeah, sure! I think in the beverage stall, they boil the palm water already So it has the smell like sugar The aroma here is a little slighter It also has the flesh we took recently [speaking the Khmer language] The palm sugar is normally insipid, not sweet But when we mix with doub palm juice like this It’s really suited Usually, in summer, the juice would be sweeter In the rainy season, the juice would be more insipid I prefer drinking doub palm juice in the rainy season Because it’s insipid, we could drink a lot without getting bored of it This is sticky rice So we soak them, right? You see this, the recent fruit is a young one This is the over-riped one It’s soft and self-falling So in this, there are yellow fiber which is squeezed with water And mix in rice flour to make doub palm chewy sponge cake The yellow fiber will help the rice to ferment It’s over-riped so is it this big As you see here My hand is already very big but look at it She will extract some coconut milk She’ll put coconut milk into the sticky rice And then boil the mixture The sticky rice when cooking with coconut milk would become soft and sticky Then she’ll put all the flesh pieces in We usually cook aloe vera sweet porridge, don’t we? So this is doub palm sweet porridge Then she’ll add palm sugar in Here we go, a sweet kind of porridge The sugar is pretty hard I remember that when I was young, my mom usually buy palm sugar to cook sweet porridge People use refined sugar now Anyway, palm sugar is the best suited for cooking sweet porridge The palm sugar gives a beautiful golden color We do not need to add food coloring The sugar liquid is turning golden brown And it’s thickening She said it’s very delicious She cooked it so it’s definitely good The sugar is still boiling The sugar now is… has a slight caramel smell The most important procedure is stirring We have to stir continuously in 30 minutes So fragrant! If you are here, you could smell the fragrance of the cooked sugar [Mr. Rum]: Sit back a little bit
[Khoai]: Ok [Khoai]: It splashes, right? He told me to sit away from the pot or I’ll get burned Because the sugar is very hot now So interesting! It’s cooling down I notice that she is not stirring vigorously But she’s stirring on the edge of the pot [Mr. Rum]: She’s tired already After a while, she gets tired Her husband gets in the turn It has just been 10 minutes Why do we have to stir on the edge surface not the bottom? [Mr. Rum]: To make it have a white color [Khoai]: To make foam, right?
[Mr. Rum]: Sorry? [Khoai]: Making foam to create white color, right?
[Mr. Rum]: Correct! So if we stir on the edge surface like that, we’re creating the foam So we can have white surface, can you see that? So the palm sugar would look more eye-catching Ah! So one of the manual making foam ways To make the palm sugar white and look more eye-catching Can you see that? On the edge… We stir like that and there’s a white foam [Speaking the Khmer language] [laughing] [Speaking the Khmer language] [Mr. Rum]: So fragrant! [Mr. Rum]: It’s also sweet, guys! [Speaking the Khmer language] [Khoai]: Is it hot?
[Mr. Rum]: It’s hot but warm enough to eat The palm sugar has a very beautiful golden brown color now He said that normally it takes 7 liters of juice to make 1 kilogram of palm sugar 6-7 liters for a kilogram of palm sugar Or even 10 liters for a hard palm sugar How much money per kilogram do traders usually take? [Rum asks in the Khmer language]
[Mr. Rum]: Just 19.000 VND [Khoai]: 19.000 VND per kilogram A finished palm sugar costs 19.000 VND? [speaking the Khmer language] [Mr. Rum]: It was 20.000 VND but now treaders just take 19.000 VND [Khoai]: It used to 20.000 but it’s 19.000 now [speaking the Khmer language] The palm sugar becomes very beautiful golden now It’s the time to pour to the tray And wait until it gets solid We pour all of it to that tray? We could pour it to any frame we want to mold We sell a whole big palm sugar We package it into a bag and sell to traders It’s golden yellow [speaking the Khmer language] This is braised fish by using palm sugar Let’s me take it Ok, then, please! [joking in the Khmer language] Thank you! The sweet porridge bowl is so big! Enjoy the meal, please! After eating the meal, I’m having some doub palm sweet porridge Look at this, there’s coconut milk on it There isn’t any green bean, the yellow comes from palm sugar With coconut milk, sticky rice, and doub palm flesh As simple like that But the palm sugar’s color make the sweet porridge look so delicious Let me try some! The sticky rice is really soft The coconut milk is rich There’s palm sugar aroma Eating with some flesh See it? It’s now a little transparent Ummh! Because we put the doub palm flesh in the end So it’s still soft and chewy Also, she cooked this not too sweet! Moderately! So it’s really delicious I’ll finish this Then stay and talk with them a little while Tomorrow, there would be a festival of the Khmer here Probably, I would ask to come over Then I’ll share it with you Ok! Then, see you in next episode
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