15 dreamy desserts to try in Vietnam

Across the world, Vietnamese cuisine is famous for its subtle flavours and ultra-fresh ingredients. Vietnamese sweets are not only a refreshing treat on a balmy day, but an adventure in texture and flavour. From puddings to pastries, here are 15 sweet snacks you must taste on your travels in Vietnam.

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15 dreamy desserts to try in Vietnam

Chè Chuối

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Those who are bananas for bananas will like this concoction of tapioca pearls, coconut cream and grilled bananas. This smooth, creamy pudding is easily found at cafes and street stalls.

Try it at: Lutulata Desserts & Drinks, 39 Hàng Cót, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

39 Hàng Cót
39 Hàng Cót, Hàng Mã, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam

Chè Trôi Nước

Eaten on special occasions, these mochi-esque rice flour balls have mung bean paste at the centre, and are drizzled with ginger syrup and sesame seeds. Served with a dash of coconut cream, each order will set you back about 15,000VND.

Try it at: Chè 'đợi', 48 Lý Chính Thắng, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City

48 Ly Chinh Thang
48 Ly Chinh Thang, Phường 8, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Bò Bía Ngọt

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An excellent snack, these rolls of thin rice paper contain a layer of nougat, coconut shreds and sesame seeds. Each bite of bò bia is light yet satisfying. You can buy it from bicycle vendors throughout Vietnam for 5,000VND a roll.

Try it at: Thanh Niên street, West Lake, Hà Nội

Bánh Chuối Chiên

Fried banana fritters are a popular street snack throughout the country. With a crispy exterior and soft gooey interior, these fritters can be found in alleyways and around markets for 5,000VND a piece.

Try it at: Public Market in Hội An

Chè Bắp

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A mix of corn, coconut cream and tapioca pearls, this pudding is a creamy and nourishing dessert in winter months. Be sure to try in Hoi An where it’s made with fresh, locally grown corn.

Try it at: Quán Ăn Bến Tre, Xuyên Trung, Cẩm Nam, Hội An

Quán Ăn Bến Tre
Quán Ăn Bến Tre, Xuyên Trung, Cẩm Nam, Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

Sữa Chua Nếp Cẩm

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Bold flavours and textures meet in this sticky rice pudding. A generous scoop of yoghurt is the star of this adventurous dessert, available in many cafes for about 35,000VND.

Try it at: Che Bobo Chacha, 92 Cửa Bắc, Quán Thánh, Ba Đình, Hà Nội

92 Cửa Bắc
92 Cửa Bắc, Quán Thánh, Ba Đình, Hanoi, Vietnam

Kẹo Lạc

Vietnamese peanut brittle is a scrumptious vegan treat. A sprinkling of sesame seeds adds extra crunch to each nibble. You’ll find this snack sold at transportation hubs and roadstalls across Vietnam.

Try it at: Transfer points nationwide (airports, bus stations and train stops)

Chè Sương Sa Hạt Lựu

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Translated to, ‘rainbow dessert’, this chè is served in a tall glass showcasing each vibrant layer. Red kidney beans, pandan jellies, mung bean paste and more goodies are stacked together and topped with ice and thickened coconut cream.

Try it at: Nhà Hàng Ngon, 26 Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

26 Trần Hưng Đạo
26 Trần Hưng Đạo, Phan Chu Trinh, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Hoa Quả Dầm

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This healthy snack brings together fresh mixed fruit, coconut cream and shaved ice. Anything fresh is invited to the party, including jackfruit, kiwi, watermelon, apple and even avocado! You can also add on pandan jellies or tapioca balls for more texture.

Try it at: Hoa Quả Dầm Hoa Béo, 17 Tô Tịch, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

Hoa Quả Dầm Hoa Béo
Hoa Quả Dầm Hoa Béo, Phố Tố Tịch, Hang Gai, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam

Kem Thái Dừa

The Vietnamese version of an ice-cream sundae, kem thái dừa is ice cream served in a coconut with any topping you can imagine (peanuts, jellies, caramel sauce, beans, biscuits, fresh fruit.) This trendy snack costs about 40,000VND plus extra for toppings.

Try it at: Kem Cong Truong, 10 Phạm Ngọc Thạch, District 3, Hồ Chí Minh City

Kem Công Trường
Kem Công Trường, Phạm Ngọc Thạch, Vo Thi Sau Ward, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Bánh Đa Kê

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These sesame-encrusted rice crackers with mung bean, millet paste and sugar sprinkles are one hearty treat. It’s commonly sold on curbsides by bicycle vendors for 5,000 or 10,000VND.

Try it in: Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter
Hanoi Old Quarter, Hàng Ngang, Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam

Chè Khúc Bạch

Mildly sweet and aromatic, with an intriguing balance of textures, this dessert can be considered a Vietnamese panna cotta. The custard comes in bite-sized pieces with lychees and almonds in a bowl of crushed ice.

Try it at: Quán Chè Hiển Khánh, 718 Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, District 3, Hồ Chí Minh City

Quán Chè Hiển Khánh
Quán Chè Hiển Khánh, Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Phường 1, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Caramen Hoa Quả

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The Vietnamese version of creme caramel is topped with fresh fruit, jellies and a splash of coconut cream. This dessert is true decadence for just 20,000VND.

Try it at: Caramen Duong Hoa, 29 Hàng Than, Ba Đình, Hà Nội

Kem Caramen Duong Hoa
Kem Caramen Duong Hoa, Hàng Than, Nguyễn Trung Trực, Ba Đình, Hanoi, Vietnam

Bánh Su Kem

Who doesn’t love a cream puff? Easy to find at bakeries nationwide, this pastry ball is filled with smooth vanilla custard. A set of six of these fluffy bites will cost you about 10,000VND.

Try it at: Any local bakery in Vietnam

Kem Xôi

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Green pandan-flavoured sticky rice meets coconut ice cream in this surprisingly perfect pairing. Both satisfying and refreshing on a hot day, be sure to try it when in Vietnam.

Try it at: Che 95, 95 Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

95 Phố Hàng Bạc
95 Phố Hàng Bạc, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam

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