Can you imagine that? With only 1.000 KRW, you can enjoy several of fantastic dessert in the summer at very cheap price. So, let’s have a look at the below menu and save as much as possible for your “pocket” once travelling to Vietnam
Vietnam is considered as street food heaven due to the variety in its cuisine. List of Vietnamese cuisine would be complete without: Pho (noodles), bun cha, xoi, banh xeo, nem (Spring roll)…,They are widely popular and become a perfect introduction to culinary scene in Vietnam. But that’s not the whole picture of Vietnamese cuisine.
Vietnamese dish can be expensive or as cheap as you want to be. Dining out in the restaurant under the cozy atmosphere might be expensive but still affordable compared to Korea, no matter if you are a budget traveller or a typical holiday maker. However, if you desire to take a dip into Vietnamese culture, don’t miss the very special menu below. It will be so amazing not only regarding flavor but also, the best part is: you’ll enjoy well only with 1.000 KRW, no more!
1. Sweet Soup / Chè
“Chè” refers to any kind of traditional desserts which are usually in the form of soup, pudding or sometime just a plain drink. Normally, “Chè” is made from several types of fruits and beans. Since Vietnam is the tropical country so it’s well known for its abundance of fruits. Other types are made with ingredients, such as: salt, aloe, sesame seed, taro, pandan leaf extract and so on. As a result, there are hundred types of “Che” which are diversified from the North to the South.
Che can be made either hot or cold depending on the season. Cold sweet soup normally be served well during the summer in a see-through glass cups with ice cubes whereas hot sweet soups are often served in small bowls during the winter. There is no better way to cool down and beat the relentlessly hot summer days than having a cold sweet soup or warm your body up with a bowl of hot sweet soup in a frozen day, which both can make you mouth-watering.
“Che chuoi” – Banana sweet soup (Hot sweet soup) is cooked in coconut milk with sago pearls. It has a sweet and creamy flavor, a delicate banana scent, and looks like pudding
“Che suong sa hat luu” (Cold sweet soup) is made from jelly, mock pomegranate seeds, mung bean paste and coconut milk. The typical feature of this dish lies on the mock pomegranate seeds which are vividly colorful and made of chestnut, diced into small cubes and coated with tapioca scratch. Eating these pomegranate seeds is very fun, as they’re crunchy inside
“Che troi nuoc” – Sweet Glutinous Rice Dumplings (Hot sweet soup) is fullfilled with mung bean paste and cooked in sweet ginger syrup. It is served hot, covered with sesame on the top together with condensed coconut milk
“Che long nhan” – Logan and lotus seed sweet soup (Hot and cold sweet soup) is a great mixture of longan, stewed lotus seed and rock sugar. The light sweetness along with fragrant of this dish will refresh you whole body, and also reduce stress as well as calm your nerves in summer days.
2. Soybean Pudding / Tao Pho
Tao pho is among dishes nostalgic to Vietnamese people in general and the Southerners in specific. This one was derived from China and then widespread over many countries, including Vietnam. Originally, toufu in “Chinese version” only comprises silky toufu doused in sugar syrup. However, when it came to Vietnam, Southerners did customize that recipe and recommend serving in hot with ginger-flavour sugar syrup and extra tapioca pearls. The ginger’s spices add heat to balance the crude sweetness of sugar syrup and the chewy pearls complement the tofu’s melting texture.
Tao pho has a long history of existence. People get used to the image of vendors on a bike that ride around town, waking kids and serving traditional cups of tao pho with soy-bean milk, tofu, and yellow sugar. When “tofu” becomes a business with more modern shops, they add more ingredients beside basic ingredients, such as: jelly, dried coconut, pearls, beans and so on. Various topping can be poured on the top as optional components to make different type of “Tao pho”.
Further to the South, dishes are generally sweeter. “Tao pho” tastes richer with coconut milk and called tau hu. Southerner usually eat tau hu with hot syrup, but during the summer months, “tau hu” with ice cubes is one of the “student must-eat” beverage during summer time.
Most Vietnamese people consider tofu to be humble fare. It is cheap and readily available. Not only a kind of beverage to slake your thirst during summer time, Tofu and other soy products are associated with devout Buddhists, who are vegetarian for religious reason.
Time goes by. Though the appearance of brand new tastes, “Tao pho” still hold the “king – position” in the list of “sweetest treats” in the summer.
3. Jackfruit Yogurt / Sua Chua Mit
This dessert has been widely known and become a phenomenon among youngster in Vietnam due to its healthy function and fresh taste. Fortunately, Vietnam has abundance of fruits which are grown throughout seasons and regions, such as: mango, jackfruit, watermelon, green dragon, longan,…That’s why this special dessert includes various of ingredients: jackfruits, jellies, white of sago and yogurt. The sweet and crunchy taste of jack fruit mixed with the sour flavour makes this dish become increasingly popular and truly distinctive delicious for locals.
Hope that with the very detailed guide map as above, your culinary journey across the “S-shaped” country will be both unpredictable and unforgettable!
By Huyen Pham, ASEAN Correspondent from Vietnam