Vietnam has an endless list of desserts, from sweet soups to doughy rolls and cakes. One of the coolest things about Vietnamese deserts the colors and the appearance. The lively and colorful desserts will draw a smile on your face and light up your day. Those dishes are not only interesting to look but also cool to taste. Below are the MUST-TRY desserts of Vietnam.
Three Colours Che: Che Ba Mau
Chè (Vietnamese pronunciation: [cɛ̂]) is the term that refers to Vietnamese sweet beverage and dessert soup or pudding in general. Varieties of Chè are made with beans, pulses, rice, grains, jelly (clear or grass), fruit (longan, mango, durian, lychee or jackfruit), and coconut cream.
With a colorful and unique appearance, Chè ba màu (literally "three colours chè") usually consists of green mung beans, white black-eyed peas, and red azuki beans but people can also use any ingredients they like to create the 3 colors. You can find Chè ba màu vendors on the streets of major cities across Vietnam.
In Da Nang, we recommend this address:
Quan Co Cham – Xoa Xoa
Address: 187 Hải Phòng, Da Nang.
Sweet Corn Pudding: Che Bap
If you are going crazy about staying healthy, this should be in your list. Chè bắp is made from corn and tapioca rice pudding. Although it’s a simple dish, it is quite delicious and filling especially, when made with local fresh sweet corn.
It is best to try Chè Bắp in the central region of Vietnam, particularly in Hoi An. Vendors in this area use local sweet corn from the region called Cam Nam corn. The sweetness of the dessert comes naturally from the corn.
Quán Bánh đập Có Ngay
Address: Nguyễn Tri Phương, Cẩm Nam, Hoi An
Ginger Rice Ball Soup: Che Troi Nuoc
Chè trôi nước is a sweet soup made with mung bean paste wrapped in a glutinous rice flour that is dipped in a warm ginger sauce. Served hot, it is chewy and simply delicious!
You can find Chè trôi nước at:
Bánh Trôi Tầu – Diep Beo
Address: 52 Hàng Điếu, Hà Nội.
Banana, Tapioca Pearls and Sweet Coconut Milk Soup: Che Chuoi
All natural ingredients that come from fruits in this dessert will provide you enough energy and nutrition for a whole day.
It is a sweet soup made with chopped up pieces of banana, served with tapioca pearls, dipped into a hot coconut milk soup and topped with peanuts and sesame seeds.
Chè Chuối: On the sidewalk directly across Thanh Cao Lầu, on 26 Thái Phiên, Hoi An.
Crazy about durian? Then you definitely should not miss this cake!
A sweet and soft eggy cake filled with mung bean or other fillings. One of the popular fillings in Vietnam are the ones filled with durian fruit paste. The exterior of the cake usually has a thin crust stamped in red at the top.
You can find this delicious cake at:
Bao Hien Rong Van for Bánh Dau Xanh and Bánh Pia
Address: 167 Lý Tự Trọng, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
The dish looks like colourful silkworm from afar, but it’s actually made with cassava, coconut milk, food colouring, and tapioca starch. Popular as both dessert and convenient snack in southern Vietnam, this chewy treat is also coated with ingredients such as coconut syrup, desiccated coconut, and roasted sesame seeds before served in skewers.
Steamed Cassava Cake
The main ingredients are cassava, coconut milk and sugar, but you can also find variations which include desiccated coconut, eggs, condensed milk, and pureed yellow mung beans. Texture-wise, it’s very dense and sticky thanks to tapioca starch and while most cakes are baked, this Vietnamese cake is steamed as most locals didn’t have access to ovens back in the day.
Coconut Jelly: Rau Cau Trai Dua
Light, refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness, you can find numerous dessert cafes in Da Nang selling rau cau trai dua (coconut jelly) especially along Bach Dang Street, facing the Han River. It’s served in a coconut shell (with its flesh still intact); its top layer is custard-like coconut cream while the bottom consists of jelly that’s made with coconut water. Rau cau trai dua is also a good dessert option for travelling vegans as the jelly is made from seaweed called agar-agar.