Top 5 Vietnamese Desserts

Top 5 Vietnamese Desserts

August 16, 2023

When most people think of Vietnamese food, they think of light, fresh flavours. Vietnamese desserts are often described in the same way and would include an element of fruit or vegetable.

Here are our top 5 desserts that you must try

Che Chuoi (Banana Tapioca Pudding with coconut milk)

Banana Tapioca Pudding with coconut milk

Che Chuoi is a favourite in the Mekong, made using simple ingredients like bananas, coconut milk and tapioca pearls for that extra bit of texture.

The secret to this dish is using super sweet ripe bananas and a good amount of coconut, so it is rich and creamy. Served hot or cold this is a great way to finish off any meal or even as an in-between snack.

Tau Hu Nuoc Duong (Silken Tofu in Ginger Syrup)

Silken Tofu in Ginger Syrup
Tau Hu Nuoc Duong is always a surprise and a favourite for many of our food technology students as they are amazed at the simplicity of this dish. 

Though tofu is typically not associated with desserts, the delicate silky tofu topped with a sweet ginger syrup have many people convinced that it deserves its place on the dessert table.

Banh Tieu (Vietnamese Donut)

Vietnamese Donut
The Vietnamese version of a donut is just as addictive as its western cousin. Made using a flour mixture, which is coated in sesame seeds and deep-fried, Banh Tieu is soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside and with a subtle, nutty, sweet flavour. 

With its simple flavours, Banh Tieu is easy to eat and fills a hole when you are a little hungry after a bout of walking around the markets.

Kem Ca Phe (Vietnamese Espresso Affogato)

Vietnamese Espresso Affogato
Kem Ca Phe is a favourite for any adult with a sweet tooth. Vietnam’s very own version of the affogato includes coffee flavoured ice cream topped with condensed milk and a good hit of Vietnamese drip coffee. 

We can’t guarantee it won’t keep you up at night so safest to enjoy after lunch.

Banh Kep La Dua (Pandan Waffles)

Pandan Waffles
We’re not sure if adding a little pandan leaf turns this waffle into a healthy dessert, but we keep telling ourselves it is, so we can continue enjoying these delicious pockets of flavour.

The pandan leaf gives the waffle a light green colour and an extremely fragrant aroma. Made using a mixture of flour, tapioca starch and coconut milk the waffle is crunchy yet also has a soft, chewy texture. Great as a snack or dessert.