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Well, at least you tried. And you did get enough of the process for us to understand how it's done. Hopefully you'll meet someone who is a little more welcoming and sharing with their work than this old lady.

What do you mean by "optical brighteners"?


Wow, that place is so much cleaner than the bun "factory" I saw in Dalat. The one in Dalat had chickens running around in the room where they were boiling the noodles.



Optical brighteners are a class of compounds used to add brightness to a product. They absorb UV light and emit a visable blue light, which makes the substrate (usually textiles) appear 'whiter'. In addition to textiles optical brighteners are also used in paper, plastics, and detergents, but not food.


Wow, fascinating! Too bad you couldn't get the whole story on film, but you captured the essence.


hmmmmm . . . .all my 3.5 years there uin HCMC and never thought to ask ppl about this. Caught the idea from ya and might do that soon. COvering Vietnam Mkt in the next 6 mths.

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It is amazing to see how it is being done! wow!


Sigh.. your pics and write-ups always make my day. Do tell me if you happen to wander south to Singapore.


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great post again, sorta like those old europen cheese factory of the yore.
does optical brighteners make my stomach glow after consuming this stuff?
i heard some horrible stuff like formaldehyde were used to keep the dried bun and pho last longer, i wonder if this is true?.
i do like bun and pho, does it keep my organ preserved and shiny?:)))

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