National Geographic : 1965 Jun
"Barbecued tender pork," advertise Chinese characters beside a display of meat and poultry. Lacquerlike coating, sweet and spicy, : enhances the flavor and appearance of cooked pork and birds. Despite the ravages of war around Saigon, the city throbs with peacetime pursuits. "In the market one hears the noises of a city preoccupied with daily routine," reports author Peter White. "The vendor of dried beef and red peppers hawks his wares with a snip snip sound of his scissors; the rhythmic tapping of wooden sticks heralds the approach of a portable soup kitchen." American canned goods, sent as gifts to the Vietnamese people, find buyers at this stall. "I didn't steal them," protested the seller. "I bought them from somebody else." Often the recipient of U. S. food sells it because he is not accustomed to eating such fare and needs the money to buy rice, his basic diet. 845 rcnnvn In vvvc nnu n cnicnn nne Un. .J.