Vietnamese cuisine is world-famous, but few visitors to the Southeast Asian country think about what they’ll be sipping on the streets of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. That’s a mistake: the country’s drinks are as delicious and diverse as its cuisine.
Let move with us to find and enjoy top delicious drinks in Vietnam now:
Dừa Tươi (Fresh Coconut)
Coconut water has always been a popular drink in Vietnam and the rest of Southeast Asia. In Vietnam you will not see coconut milk packaged like the ones you see in grocery stores.
Coconut water is served straight from a coconut with the vendors chopping the fruit once you order it. Generally smaller coconuts tend to be sweeter than larger ones.
Nước Mía (Sugar Cane Juice)
Not as sickly sweet as you’d expect, sugar cane juice is another drink that’s considered “cooling”. 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 calamansi, a tiny sour citrus fruit that smells like a mandarin.
Nước Sâm (Ginseng Tea)
Ginseng tea in Vietnam is one of the most loved drinks. It has a sweet and nutty taste, and is usually served to compliment rice dishes. Nước Sâm usually consists of locally found ingredients like nettle leaves, grass roots, sugar cane, and corn silk.
This sweet and nutty Vietnamese herbal tea is usually served over ice, making it perfect to sip in the chaos and noise of a Vietnamese wet market on a steamy day.
Rượu Nếp Cẩm (Vietnamese Sticky Rice Wine)
Drinking the hard stuff in Vietnam is for the most part considered a man’s domain. Rice wine, which clocks in at around 29.5% alcohol, is the traditional masculine tipple and drinking it is a social activity (a very social activity). Groups of friends will gather to drink rice wine out of a communal shot glass or two.
Beer is one of the exceptions to the rule that drinks aren’t served with food in Vietnam. In Vietnamese, the phrase “di nhau” means “to go drinking.” But the term refers to much more than just the drinks; there’s a whole range of tapas-style dishes that accompany a Vietnamese drinking session, such as prawns barbecued with chili and salt, clams steamed with lemongrass, green mango with a prawn-chili-salt dip, or coconut snails sauteed with butter and fish sauce.
Cà phê (Coffee)
Never leave Vietnam without trying their one-of-a-kind coffee. Vietnam is the world’s largest producer of Robusta beans. Coffee is served with a small metal drip filter over ice and condensed milk. The black one is called “cà phê đen đá” whereas the brown one (with condensed milk) is “cà phê sữa đá”. There are many places where you can find the best coffee around Vietnam or you can easily try to make your own.
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