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Ruou Gao

Spend any time in the Mekong Delta and you will know all about Ruou Gao. This strong alcoholic beverage is a fermented rice wine, similar in appearance and taste to Japanese Sake. I have never seen it commercially available; however, it is homemade by Villagers and readily available throughout Vietnam.

If you're lucky (?) you may be invited to imbibe with the locals. Served in small tea cups, sometimes with guava fruit, this stuff will hit you hard! It doesn't help that there's always someone in the crowd repeatedly shouting, Tram Phan Tram! literally meaning 100%, or Bottoms Up!



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