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Top 5 drinks to try in Vietnam
There are so many wonderful drinks to try on your travels through Vietnam but here we’ve picked a few of our favourites.
Fresh coconut water
There’s nothing like drinking fresh coconut water straight from the shell; it has a much fuller, sweeter flavour than the bottled stuff we find in shops. Smaller coconuts are normally sweeter than larger ones, and venders will cut the outer layer off so the fruit is easier to store and shape it so it can rest on a flat surface. This is Vietnam’s go-to refreshing drink, and it is kept on ice until served.
These are no regular smoothies: juicy and delicious, this drink is classically made up of fresh dragon fruit, custard apple and jackfruit, blended together with condensed milk or yoghurt for the perfect creamy combo. Smoothies are also frequently made with avocado; the fruit is primarily used as a dessert in Vietnam (as opposed to in the west).
Chinese medicine believes this sweet, nutty tea to have healing and ‘cooling’ properties – and sure enough, it is the perfect ice-cold companion to combatting the sweltering Vietnamese summer. The drink classically combines sugarcane, nettle leaves, grass roots and corn silk for delicious, refreshing flavour. Variations also include roasted water chestnuts, dried longan and the flower of the sawtooth herb.
This juice, squeezed from the stalks of sugar cane, has sent health gurus into overdrive. The benefits of drinking this Vietnamese treasure are said to include weight loss, skin cleansing and fighting off the common cold. Plus, it tastes fantastic – despite its misleading title, the juice isn’t as sweet as you might expect although this may be because it is often mixed with calamansi, a tiny sour citrus fruit.
Coffee shops line the streets of Vietnam in a manifestation of every caffeine addict’s dream. White coffee in particular is a treat, made with thick, condensed milk. The ever-refreshing coconut iced coffee is also one to try as it combines two of Vietnam’s specialities, and the widely-loved green tea latte offers a thick, creamy variation on the classic oriental drink.