Some Vietnamese drinks are as delicious as its cuisine

Vietnamese cuisine is now well-known worldwide as more and more foreigners have chosen Vietnam to spend their holidays. You may have heard about "Pho", "Bun cha", "Banh xeo" but have you ever think about what you should try as a drink, especially when you travel to Vietnam in summer. If not, that is a mistake. Vietnamese drinks are as delicious and diverse as its cuisine. If you spend some time during your trip in Vietnam to try some traditional drinks, you will experience the influence of one hundred years of French and a thousand years of Chinese rule—the Chinese concept of food and drink is medicine, and the French introduced coffee in the 1800s. Drinks in Vietnam make the most of the tropical fruits, fresh herbs, and rice. Here are some drinks you should seek out during your visit. Hope that the Vietnamese food and drink can make your trip memorable!

1/ Coffee

The world knows that Vietnam is the home of Robusta, a variety of bean that most coffee experts consider inferior to the Arabica type, thanks to its bitter and acid tendencies. But the Vietnamese people know how to make the most of what they have. Local coffee beans are roasted with butter and fish sauce to bring out chocolate notes in the final brew. Vietnamese coffee is prepared using a small metal drip filter and is most commonly served over ice. In Vietnam, coffee is so popular that it becomes a part of its culture although it was brought to Vietnam by French people.
Some Vietnamese drinks are as delicious as its cuisine

The two most popular coffee drinks in Vietnam are cà phê sữa đá (iced coffee with condensed milk) and cà phê đá (iced black coffee).

Moreover, there are some forms of coffee drinks such as coffee smoothies, egg coffee made with whipped egg yolk, coffee yogurt...

2/ Coconut juice

Some Vietnamese drinks are as delicious as its cuisine

You may have seen coconut juice on your grocery store shelves a few years ago, but it's been a popular drink in Vietnam since long time ago. You will not see the packaged stuff, though: here, it's drunk straight out of the coconut—and this coconut water is grassier, sweeter, and more full-flavored than anything you'll find in a package.

3/Sugar cane juice

Some Vietnamese drinks are as delicious as its cuisine

It's usually sold by street vendors, who use electric squashing machines, not unlike an old-fashioned wringer, to squeeze the juice from stalks of sugar cane. It's usually then mixed with juice from the calamari, a tiny sour citrus fruit that smells like a mandarin. The finished product has a crisp grassy flavor that's very refreshing on a sweltering hot day.

4/ Beer

Some Vietnamese drinks are as delicious as its cuisine

Many Vietnamese beers are only available in their home region, so your options will vary depending on where you travel. In the southern city as Ho Chi Minh City, the local beers are Saigon Red, Saigon Special and 333, all lightly hopped and slightly sweeter than beers from other parts of the country. In the central region of Vietnam, the local beers are Huda (the name combines the words Hue, Vietnam's former Imperial capital, and Denmark), and Bia La Rue, a slightly more bitter beer believed to have originated from a French recipe. A visit to Hanoi is not complete without a night at Bia Hoi Corner (at the junction of Luong Ngoc Quyen, Ta Hien, and Dinh Liet) to try Bia hơi (fresh beer), a low-alcohol draft beer with a clean, crisp taste.

5/ Artichoke tea


The go-to drink for hungover Vietnamese men, trà atisô is believed to have liver-cleansing and detoxifying properties. There are two ways of drinking the artichoke tea, which is usually served with ice—the sweetened yellowish version made from the artichoke flower and the intensely bitter black version made from the artichoke stems.

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