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    ZWT9~ Rice Farming Challenge

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    Susie D
    Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:28 pm
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    100+ players are traveling the world for seven weeks on a whirlwind Zaar World Tour 9.
    Come check out our recipes, see the places we've been and what we have learned. icon_smile.gif
    ZWT9 MAIN Thread

    This Challenge showcases the Asian Cooking Forum

    Rice is economically and culturally important to SE Asia.
    ~Thailand lays claim to being the producer of the coveted, high-quality and aromatic Jasmine rice, and as the world's top exporter. Rice occupies 55% of Thailand's arable land, and it is the staple food of the population across income brackets.
    ~Vietnam primarily has a rice-based agricultural economy. Rice is cultivated on 82% of the arable land and provides 80% of carbohydrate, and 40% of the protein intake of the average Vietnamese.
    ~Rice is cultivated primarily through traditional farming practices by over 80 percent of Cambodian farmers. It is the staple food of Cambodians and is their most important field crop. Most of the rice-growing land in Cambodia is cultivated by farmers using two oxen and the traditional moldboard plough and harrow.
    ~ Rice is the staple food grain produced in Laos, with greater than 60 percent of all agricultural land devoted to its cultivation. However, Laos has serious limits to its ability to expand future production, given it has the smallest amount of arable land (4% of total national area) of any country in Southeast Asia.

    Start Date: Aug 14th
    End Date: -Aug 26 deadline 11:59pm Zaar Time
    Challenge: Non Cooking Challenge (3 players)
    Points: 5 points each

    ZWT9 - All Players Cookbook SE Asia

    Lucky you! You are going on vacation! icon_smile.gif
    Of course your vacation will be educational too, as you want to experience real life in SE Asia. You will be welcomed by a rural family and participate in ALL aspects of their life on their Rice Paddy. Meals, work, and farming will be enjoyed with your host family. Your assignment for this challenge is to keep a daily journal, dairy, or scrapbook for the week to share your experience.

    ~Select one of the four countries. Note: Each teammate must select a different destination.
    ~Write a short journal with at least 7 entries to cover the week's experiences. Include internet photos and artwork for illustration.
    ~Mention at least one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner you might have enjoyed with the family. All recipes should be from the All Player Cookbook and an example of the location of the family.

    Please remember to:
    ~ Post your destination in this thread (Include your team name). Each country may only be selected once by each team.
    ~ Prepare your journal.
    ~ Post your completion in this thread - please include your team name and working link to the selected recipes.
    Susie D
    Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:18 am
    Forum Host

    Mike and the Appliance Killers Status xx points
    1. Pan Nan ~ Laos
    2. Mikekey ~ Cambodia

    Hot Stuff Status xx points
    1. Lavender Lynn ~ Thailand
    2. Annacia ~Vietnam

    Gourmet Goddesses Status xx points
    1. Random Rachel ~ Vietnam
    2. evelyn/athens ~ Thailand
    3. Pesto Lover ~ Cambodia

    Soup-A-Stars Status xx points

    The Apron String Travelers Status xx points
    1. Maryland Jim ~ Vietnam
    2. alvinkatz ~ Thailand

    Tasty Testers Status xx points
    1. studentchef ~ Vietnam
    2. Debbie R. ~ Thailand

    Panthers on the Prowl Status xx points
    1. Tisme ~ Vietnam
    2. Muffin Goddess ~ Cambodia


    Last edited by Susie D on Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:07 am, edited 5 times in total
    Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:56 am Groupie

    I would like to particpate, and I choose the country Vietnam
    Lavender Lynn
    Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:38 pm Groupie

    I will be doing this for my team and I choose Thailand.
    Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:09 am Groupie

    I'll do this challenge for my team and I choose Laos.
    Debbie R.
    Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:25 pm Groupie

    Today, we flew into Bankok. That is one long series of flights.

    We rented a car and drove to Kon Kaen. We met our host family outside the Didine restaurant, but then enjoyed some kebabs from a local stall. We then drove on to their house in the countryside and called it a night

    For breakfast we had jook with a little shredded pork and Bananas in Coconut Cream
    #503317. Our hosts decided to give us a break and let us recover from jet lag. They took us to a local temple. We spent the day getting to know each other. Their son drew an elephant for us; he's pretty good! For dinner, we had Thai Soup #474690, rice, and some sliced fresh fruits.

    Finally recovered. We went out into the fields with them to harvest rice. First, we had to pull it. They showed us how to knock the mud off the stalks. All of the rice stalks were carefully stacked for replanting. We went over and looked at the rice grains being dried out.

    Today, we replanted. My back. I’m not sure I’ll ever recover. For lunch, we went to a shack in the field and grilled some Thai Sausage 2
    #141325; also had Thai Carrot Cucumber Salad #503022 and rice. At the end of the day, our host had to carry his dog back!

    Since had to leave tomorrow, our hosts took us to one last beautiful site: the red lotus sea. Beautiful and stunning. We also saw some birds; I’ve got a pic of the most stunning one. We drove back to Bangkok.

    We left beautiful Thailand. It would be hard to imagine a better host family, food or cool places to visit.
    Susie D
    Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:29 am
    Forum Host
    Debbie R. wrote:

    We left beautiful Thailand. It would be hard to imagine a better host family, food or cool places to visit.

    The Red Lotus sea is amazing! It made me want to visit!

    You have completed the challenge.
    Lavender Lynn
    Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:32 am Groupie

    The week in Northern Thailand with the Rice Farmers.

    Day 1

    We arrived in the Karen Hill Tribe village we were going to be staying for the week. We had a delicious dinner cooked by the family.

    For our first dinner, we had Northern Thai Curry With Chicken and Peanuts #503310 and Jasmine Rice With Caramelized Green Onions #170604. We all sat around the cooking area and ate family style.

    Day 2

    We woke up early to the beautiful sight of the terraced rice paddies all down the side of the hills and mountains. The men of the Hill Tribes work the rice fields all year long. This is the first day of harvest. During harvest all members of the family help, not just men. First we had to get the right uniform: the rice hat, long sleeve work shirt and hook. Next we had to learn the technique. It took us a while but we finally had the technigue down. We worked all morning with them until we were completely exhausted. Rice farming was hard work.

    Day 3

    We helped with harvest today until we were exhausted. Then we decided we should see some of the sights since we only had a few days here.

    We saw the elephants. Pachyderms in this northern area are first taught to listen to orders and to do what they are told, as well as to drag logs for about six months. They, then, will be trained to harrow the plough handle. In this process, at least two men are needed--a mahout and a plough handler.

    For over 50 years, the Karen in this local area have depended on elephants to earn income, because of the fields being on the steep hillsides. Using other animals like buffaloes consumes more time to get the work done. That is why the locals here decided to choose the giant animals due to their greater strength and ability to walk on a slope. The power of elephants is even more than that of tractors, according to a local rice farmer.

    This is a picture of the Elephants ploughing the fields to start the whole rice growing process each year.

    Day 4

    We started out with a fresh delicious breakfast of Thai Steamed Eggs #502804 and Thai Pineapple Salad #505135

    We intended to work in the rice fields again but the Hill Tribe Women wanted to show us how hard they work at their business.

    Day 5

    We jumped up early ready to start harvesting rice. By then we were used to hard work so we figured we might last the whole day.

    For our lunch today we had Thai Noodle and Vegetable Salad #504428 and Easy Thai Satay Appy (Beef or Chicken) #210348. it was delicious

    Day 6

    They had a special dinner for us tonight and everyone dressed in their very best clothing and costumes. We couldn't stop taking pictures.

    Day 7

    This is the last wonderful sight we saw as we were leaving the Hill Tribes and heading back to Chiang Mai. What a wonderful trip.

    Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:57 am Groupie
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    I will be doing Vietnam for my part of this challenge.
    Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:06 pm Groupie

    Day 1:

    I arrived, by plane to Ho Chi Minh city, formerly called Saigon and made my way south to the Mekong Delta which is formed by the Mekong River. This is one of three ecosystems that has helped create rice production on Vietnam. My hosts, upon my arrival, have told me that the Mekong Delta is the rice bowl of Vietnam.

    Day 2:

    I was given a pretty nice breakfast, complete with rice milk, and Green Onion Pancakes by katew. I then went out, with my host family and worked in the rice fields. I was asked to wear a cone hat, because it would protect me from the heat of the sun. The nice thing about the hat, is that it had a really nice design.

    Day 3:

    I went into the Ho Chi Minh city, with my hosts, because they wanted to go to the market. We spent a good part of the day picking out some good items for the week.

    We had lunch, eating Shrimp With Honey Mustard and Dipping Sauce (Zip and Steam) by Dreamer in Ontario

    Day 4:

    There was an Automnal festival and everyone was celebrating. It was a nice break from tworking in the rice fields. I didn't know about such festivals until my host brought it up that morning. Otherwise I would have been working that day. I joined the Vietnamese people in the festivities.

    There was so much music and dancing, it was alot of fun.

    Day 5:

    We continued to work in the rice fields. After all, rice is the main produce, and a source of livelihood for the Vietnamese people. They are a proud group of people, and they do take pride in their work.

    Day 6:

    I found out something interesting about one of the varieties of rice. It's called the floating rice, and it is one of the longest varieties of rice made in Vietnam.

    That night for supper, we had Shortcut Asian Dumpling Soup by sofie-a-toast

    Day 7:

    It was time to say goodby to my host family. I took one last look at the delta because it was such a beautiful sight to see, before heading back to the city to catch my flight. I just had to say goodbye to all the new friends I made there.

    Random Rachel
    Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:05 pm Groupie

    I have just returned from a wonderful week virtually touring Hoi An, Vietnam, where I was delighted to learn all about rice.

    Day 1

    Today we arrived at a rice farm in Cam Thanh village, which is a suburb of Hoi An, Vietnam. Mr Tran Van Khoa owns the rice farm, and participates in the Hoi An Eco Tours program, which allows tourists (like me) to experience daily life on a rice farm.

    The first afternoon we got to water some of the rice paddies, using bamboo buckets. The conical 'non la' hats kept the sun off our our heads, and our tour guide, Mr Nhi, told us to dunk them in water throughout the day to cool down.

    Day 2

    We were all very sore after carrying all that water yesterday. Mr Nhi showed us how to plant rice in a paddy. The farm purchases rice plant seedlings, which is easier than planting the paddy from seed. The water in this paddy is held in by berms (small mounds of soil) and it will stay slightly flooded until the rice plants are about 15" tall.

    After we spent several hours planting rice Mr Nhi took us inside to enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls.

    Day 3

    Today we got to plow a field with a water buffalo. Mr Nhi made it sound so simple, and look so easy, but all of us tourist were quite clumsy. Everyone had a good laugh at our poor plowing skills. The area that we plowed today will be planted by another group of tourists next week. Only a small portion of the farm is dedicated to tourist plantings, and sometimes neighboring farmers in the villages will exchange labor and help with crop planting.

    Day 4

    Today we took a break from working in the paddies. After a wonderful breakfast of Thai Steamed Eggs we visited the local threshing machine. The village shares the machine- each farmer brings their own fuel and cleans the machine carefully after use.

    Since it is still the planting season, we brought some rice from last year. The rice is left in its husks and stored in bags until it is needed - the husks help keep the oily bran from spoiling. After the husks have been removed in the threshing machine we winnow out the rice using a woven basket-like tray.

    Day 5

    Today we took a break from working on the farm, and went fishing in the local canal (the same canal we carried the water from!) The fish that we caught weren't very large, but they made an excellent meal at the end of the day.

    Day 6

    We stayed on the rice farm today, but worked on watering the farms other crops - most of the rice farmers also grow other food on small portions of their land to add inexpensive variety to their diets. We also feed the water buffalo and ducks. The water buffalo eat the dried rice stalks from last season. The ducks provide fertilizer for the rice, as well as meat and eggs for the farmers, and they eat bugs from the rice paddies.

    Day 7

    Today we went to the local market and saw where some of the rice eventually ends up. Vietnam also exports a large percentage of its rice worldwide.

    Mr Nhi led us through the market and showed us how to shop in the open air market for the ingredients for our evening meal of Vietnamese Seafood Curry. After we made our purchases, we went back to the farm's separate kitchen and Mrs Khoa taught us how to prepare the meal. We learned her secret method of cooking rice (rinse it three times, and add water to just over your first knuckle above the height of the rice in the pot.) After everything was cooked we ate supper, and everyone was careful to eat every single grain of rice 'out of respect for the hard work of the farmer.'

    Above photo by Kerfuffle-Upon-Wincle, other images from here and here and here ... And the Hoi An Eco Tours are actually a real thing, which I thought was really neat. icon_biggrin.gif
    Susie D
    Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:14 am
    Forum Host
    Studentchef wrote:

    Nice job! You made me want to visit. icon_smile.gif
    Susie D
    Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:17 am
    Forum Host
    Random Rachel wrote:

    I have just returned from a wonderful week virtually touring Hoi An, Vietnam, where I was delighted to learn all about rice.
    . And the Hoi An Eco Tours are actually a real thing, which I thought was really neat. icon_biggrin.gif

    This type of tour are actually available in most countries. It all depends on what one wishes to experience.

    You did a great job! icon_smile.gif
    Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:55 pm
    Forum Host

    I will be visiting Thailand for this challenge.
    Pesto lover
    Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:14 am Groupie
    I will be visiting Cambodia for this challenge, for the Gourmet Goddesses.
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