The time has come to talk of stomach aches, the runs and of Rau Mam
The time has come to talk of stomach aches, the runs and of Rau Mam Reviews
Curing those dreaded Travellers complaints May 10, 2009
Food hygiene in VietNam is abysmal, not only according to visitors to this beautiful country but also to the authors of a recent survey.
The survey finding was that 19 out of twenty food workers do not wash their hands after attending the toilet!
Furthermore, cheap eateries often get their vegetables from unpleasant sources such as sewage filled rivers. Visitors to Hue who visit the southern limits of the city will discover there is a polluted 'river' that separates the city of Hue from the suburb of An Cuu. On the banks of this river grow lush crop of vegetables which are harvested daily and sold in some of the smaller markets thereabouts!
Have you ever seen food-handling staff busy picking their noses or winding up their brains - fingers in their ears - or scratching around n their hair immediately prior to serving your food?
Then there are the many restaurants who take unused vegetables from tables and recycle them for later customers. This happens at all manner and type of restaurant, particularly since food prices have increased. HINT: Destroy any left over vegetable and cover with chili sauce so they have to be thrown out.
All this contributes to contaminated food which, for Travellers, can play havoc with their itineraries or enjoyment of places they visit.
Tourists are not alone in this predicament, fellow sufferers are the Vietnamese.
But they don't go reaching for the chemical cures from the West; Vietnamese relief is spelt R-a-u M-a-m, more properly referred to as "banh xeo rau mam". It is also spelled as "Rau Ma".
It is sold at road side fruit / vegetable drink stands. Often the presence of Rau Mam is accompanied by large signs.
And it works. Well.
So put away those chemical 'cures' and go for the real natural thing and very soon your upset stomach will be right as rain and you can enjoy your trip through VietNam.
THE CHEMICAL ALTERNATIVE
For those who want to use a chemical alternative here is a well tried combination (I have used this on several occasions).
Imodium is a well recognised Western drug therapy that is available in VietNam. Vietnamese doctors prescribe this IN COMBINATION with CARBOGAST.
Carbogast is a GIT Regulators and Antiflatulent. The profile is available on-line in languages other than English. Basically it acts as a 'sponge' that absorbs some of the stomach contents.
USEAGE: A Carbogast and an Imodium are taken 3 times daily. The CARBOGAST is taken first and 10 minutes later take the Imodium.
After two days the complaint should be eliminated.
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