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Sugarcane juice and miniature juicer machines of Vietnam: A travel note
As one travels by road in Vietnam, by the roadside, you will find footpath fruit shops or vending carts with small but neat and efficient juicer machines selling refreshing sugarcane juice.

Vietnam has specialised in the production of sugarcane juice machines which are handy and clean. They crush one sugarcane stalk at a time and crush it flat to take out every single drop of juice.

Vietnam has four major crops consisting of rice, corn, coconut, and sugarcane. All four crops have found their place on the vending carts or roadside shops.

The small cane juicer is called "cha bo boc mia" and juice "nuoc mia". These carts and machines are typically covered in neon colours making them overtly visible.

In Vietnam, cane juice is a must-try drink since it is neat and refreshing. On the carts, hand-cranked machines are found but in the shops, the electric machines are found which are efficient and juice is served in a covered or sealed cup with a straw.

The shops put a splash of spice juice and a pinch of salt to add extra flavour. The juice is then poured over crushed ice to cool it down in the hot climate of Vietnam.

During travelling around and sightseeing, a cup of sugarcane juice after every two hours can be had to give you an energy boost with mild sweet taste and high fibre content. It also helps to ward off dehydration.

If, you have a cup of cane juice after dinner, it also works as mouth freshener besides being beneficial for your liver.

I found that the sugarcane juice, in Vietnam during my recent visit, was neither extremely sweet nor syrupy as one may think, it was mild, delicious and refreshing.

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