Mung bean pastry – Bánh Dau Xanh
Mung bean pastries are distinctive Vietnamese desserts. Bánh Dau Xanh is made of sugar, oil, mung beans, and fat. The texture of the beans can be a little strange for foreigners to get behind, but taking a bite of a mung bean pastry while sipping a cup of tea you’ll be impressed. These pastries are not overly sweet and are a must-try for any traveler who enjoys local traditional foods.
Sweet corn pudding – Chè Bắp
This typical Vietnamese pudding consists of glutinous rice, sweet corn, and rich coconut milk topped with sesame seeds. The flavours of the sweet corn and coconut milk together with the chewy texture of glutinous rice make for a fascinating dessert experience. The good time to try this dessert is during the harvest season from March to September when the local corn is fresh and sweet.
Black sesame soup – Xi Ma
Do not let the appearance make you miss this great dessert. From first glance it is not likely to be something you’d be eager to ingest; it is a thick, black syrup usually sold by street vendors. That color is from the main ingredient – black sesame seeds – and is not overly sweet. It has a rich, toasted sesame taste and is regularly served as a mid-afternoon snack in Hoi An. Portions are small, served hot, and contain the herb pennywort, which is said to have strong healing properties. Don’t shy away from Xi Ma – buy a small cup and enjoy the unique flavor.
Mango sweet cakes – Banh Xoai
This lightly amazing sweet treat is just made of mangoes; it gets its nickname from its mango-esque shape. This deceptive street food can be easily found in markets and near street food vendors. Bánh Xoai is made of a glutinous rice shell that is filled with a sweet combination of peanuts and sesame seeds. It’s as delicious as its name!
The three-color dessert – Chè Ba Mau
Che ba mau, a favored dessert in Vietnam.
Its three main ingredients of yellow mung bean paste, red beans, and green pandan jelly that are topped with a layer of ice and a generous pouring of rich coconut cream make the name of this popular dessert. It’s served in a tall glass with a long spoon to mix the layers together, quickly became a multi-colored masterpiece. It is the perfect dish on a hot and humid summer’s day in Vietnam. You can find Chè Ba Mau easily near major street food markets in the big cities.
Vietnamese doughnut – Banh Tieu
“Delicious and addictive” are the words to describe this Vietnamese hollow doughnut. Banh tieu is the dessert you never realize you were missing in your life. The crispy, fried dough is slightly sweet and covered in white sesame seeds, adding a crunchy texture and right balance of sweet and savory. Banh tieu is the wonderful monsoon season treat – what could be better than kicking back with a hot cup of tea and some of these doughnuts while listening to the sound of the rain falling outside? Spoiler alert: nothing. Vendors normally sell these in large metal saucers, so if you see them, buy a bag – you will not regret it!
Sticky rice balls in ginger syrup – Chè Trôi Nước
This gooey, sweet dessert is served hot and usually topped with white sesame seeds. The chewy, glutinous rice ball is stuffed with mung bean paste and cooked in a fragrant ginger syrup. Chè Trôi Nước literally translates to “fulfillment” and this dessert is often served on a child’s first birthday and other traditional holidays such as Tet, the Vietnamese New Year.
Sweet potato, taro, and cassava soup – Chè Bà Ba
This native dessert in southern Vietnam is a favorite for its famed combination of ingredients. Sweet potato, taro and cassava (two other root vegetables) simmer in a coconut milk broth with tapioca pearls. This creamy dessert is eaten on both hot and cool days and can be made even more delicious by topping it off with crushed peanuts.
Banana with sago pearls in coconut milk – Chè Chuối
Class Vietnamese dessert Che Chuoi
This is one of the best desserts in the country. Sweet banana, rich coconut milk, sago pearls, sesame seeds, and crushed peanuts comprise this warm, heavenly treat. Much of the sweetness is owed to chuối sứ, a small banana native to Southeast Asia that is sweeter and more flavourful than its full-sized counterparts. Enjoying a small bowl of savoury Chè Chuối is a must for any traveller sporting a serious sweet tooth!
Iced coconut coffee at Cộng Cà Phê
Established in 2007, Cộng Cà Phê is a Vietnamese coffee chain that describes itself as a “hipster cafe and lounge”. These cafes have unique interiors full of plants, paintings, rustic tables and – of course – delicious coffee. One of their menu staples is traditional, strong Vietnamese espresso poured over a generous serving of iced coconut cream. Mixing the espresso into the iced coconut cream turns it into an iced coconut latte, which is definitely more of a dessert than a casual coffee. It’s sweet and cold, the perfect treat on a hot, humid day. Cộng Cà Phê is located throughout the country (more so in large cities), so you’ll have no trouble finding one to enjoy this rich, delightful iced coffee.
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