Ép Cóc Ambarella Juice – 344.5 of 365

Ép Cóc

This fruit juice was more snack than meal and as such warrants only a spot in between regular food finds.  So why don’t we just call it 344.5 of 365?  Why even bother including it then you surely must be asking by now.  Well, this being Vietnam, naturally even something as simple as ordering a drink can derail and turn into the highly bizarre.

This is really my own darn fault for chhosing a beverage made of cóc juice.  Yes, such an unfortunately named fruit does exist in Vietnam and rolls off the tongue exactly like its monosyllabic English counterpart for that certain male anatomical appendage.  Now if you are one to be easily offended or lack any semblance of humor, this might be a good time to just try to see the funniness served up in this country.

Right after I ordered, the girl exclaimed, “Yes. One juice of cóc.  Cóc tastes very delicious.”  In the grand scheme of things, this one really was totally low hanging fruit, but I had to bite anyhow.  Of course I kept this dialogue going by asking, “You like coc juice?”  She giggled and again exclaimed, “Very delicious!”

I felt so cheap exchanging money for cóc, and as soon as she had my Dong firmly in her hand, she said, “I receive 32,000 Dong.  You receive one serving juice of cóc.”  I started laughing like some 10 year old kid who had just heard a bad word, and she responded by placing her hand over her mouth to conceal her own giggling.  If only she knew why I was about to lose it.

She announced  out of the blue, “I take cóc now for making juice.  You wait some minutes.”  A few minutes later I did indeed have a cup of this frothy, sweet, granny smith apple tasting nectar.  Ambarella or otaheite apple is the English name for this bizarre fruit, but somehow cóc just sounds so much more interesting.  Only in Vietnam can a simple snack veer off into the X-rated hinterlands of cuisine.

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Categories: Vietnamese Food

2 Comments on “Ép Cóc Ambarella Juice – 344.5 of 365”

  1. October 31, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    …except that she didn’t pronounce the word quite the way you did. 😉

    • October 31, 2012 at 7:39 am #

      yet to western ears we sure do hear it pronounced a certain way!

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