10 delicious local vietnamese desserts you need to try

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Vietnamese cuisine is a favourite around the globe – from hearty bowls of Pho lớn flavourful Banh Mis – but the chất lượng dessert recipes remain slightly under wraps. Kiểm tra out seven scrumptious desserts you can find here in tropical Ho bỏ ra Minh City, plus a few bonus desserts that are must-tries!

Sticky rice balls in ginger syrup – Chè Trôi Nước


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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 roughly translates to “fulfilment” và this dessert is often eaten on a child’s first birthday and other traditional holidays such as Tet, the Vietnamese New Year.

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Sweet potato, taro, và cassava soup – Chè Bà Ba

This dessert is native to lớn southern Vietnam and is a favourite for its famed combination of flavours. Sweet potato, taro và 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.

Mung bean pastry – Bánh Dau Xanh


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Mung bean pastries are specialty Vietnamese desserts. Bánh Dau Xanh is made of mung beans, sugar, oil, and fat. The texture of the beans can be a little odd for foreigners to lớn get behind, but taking a bite of a mung bean pastry while after sipping a cup of tea you’ll be hooked. These pastries are not overly sweet and are a must-try for any traveller who enjoys sampling traditional foods.

Sweet corn pudding – Chè Bắp

This typical Vietnamese pudding consists of sweet corn, glutinous rice, and rich coconut milk topped with sesame seeds. The flavours of the sweet corn và coconut milk combined with the chewy texture of glutinous rice make for a chất lượng dessert experience. It’s best lớn try this dessert during the harvest season from March lớn September, when the local corn is fresh & sweet.

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Black sesame soup – Xi Ma


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The saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” definitely applies khổng lồ this dessert. From first glance it doesn’t look lượt thích something you’d be eager to lớn ingest; it is a thick, black syrup usually sold by street vendors. It gets its colour from the main ingredient – đen sesame seeds – and is not overly sweet. It has a rich, toasted sesame taste & is normally eaten as a mid-afternoon snack in Hoi An. Portions are small, served hot, và contain the herb pennywort, which is said khổng lồ have strong healing properties. Don’t shy away from Xi Ma – buy a small cup & enjoy the quality flavour.


Mango sweet cakes – Bánh Xoai

This slightly deceptive sweet treat has nothing to vì chưng with mangoes; it gets its nickname from its mango-esque shape. This delectable street food can be regularly found in markets và near street food vendors. Bánh Xoai is made of a glutinous rice shell that is filled with a sweet mixture of peanuts & sesame seeds. It’s as delicious as it sounds!

The three-colour dessert – Chè tía Mau


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This popular dessert gets its name from its classic layers of yellow mung bean paste, red beans, và green pandan jelly that are topped with a layer of ice & a generous pouring of rich coconut cream. It’s served in a tall glass with a long spoon lớn mix the layers together, quickly turning it into khổng lồ a multi-coloured masterpiece. It is the perfect treat on a hot and humid summer’s day in Vietnam. You can find Chè tía Mau easily near major street food markets in the big cities.

Vietnamese doughnut – Banh Tieu


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Ah, the delicious and addictive Vietnamese hollow doughnut. Banh tieu is the dessert you never knew you were missing in your life. The crispy, fried dough is perfectly sweet và covered in trắng sesame seeds, adding a crunchy texture & perfect balance of sweet and savoury. Banh tieu is the ultimate monsoon season treat – what could be better than kicking back with a hot cup of tea và some of these little doughnuts while listening khổng lồ the rhythm 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!

Banana with sago pearls in coconut milk – Chè Chuối


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 khổng lồ chuối sứ, a small banana native lớn Southeast Asia that is sweeter và 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 cùng Cà Phê

Established in 2007, Cộng Cà Phê is a Vietnamese coffee chain that describes itself as a “hipster cà phê and lounge”. These cafes have quality interiors full of plants, paintings, rustic tables và – of course – delicious coffee. One of their thực đơn 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 và cold, the perfect treat on a hot, humid day. Cộng cafe is located throughout the country (more so in large cities), so you’ll have no trouble finding one lớn enjoy this rich, delightful iced coffee.