People buy dried snake. Cobra soup is more delicious than water snake.
Here is a recipe for cobra soup.
Hang by the head. With skin or without skin but most people like the skin. Remove the scales. Cut the belly open and pound the snake flat on a wooden chopping board. The bone sticks in the board and you lift the meat off. Cut it like a steak or in soup portions. Measure water according to the size of the family. Put in rice, cut lemongrass and heat. Then add snake meat and add salt later. Cook until it becomes like a porridge.
Serve with lime and fish sauce.
For those who need to know - Q said, "“These insects are economical. Crickets are eighty cents a can. Tarantula $1.50 each. Water beetles cost twenty five cents each. We also eat water snake from the Mekong River, over five million are caught a year. Crocodiles are raised by feeding with water snake. Oh, and we still eat rats - only from the fields though, not the town. Skin it, clean it. marinate it and BBQ."
I confess I haven't tried it. but since I don't balk at eating unagi (Japanese fresh water eel) sushi, I suppose cobra soup is only a small step further ...
Since it was already late in the afternoon, and the sun was definitely over the yard-arm (although I content it's always over the yard-arm somewhere!) we joined the other inmates on the top deck - the Sunset bar. There was a daily cocktail of the day and little appetizers before dinner. Dinner was a preset menu with several options, including a vegetarian meal. The Cambodian chef was excellent. A staff to guest ratio of 2/1 makes for a very pleasant experience!
Coming up next: A Water Blessing