Vietnamese Drinks offer up a broad range of flavors. They clearly demonstrate its cultural traditions and preferences for sweet and cool flavors.
Despite not needing elaborate preparation, the drinks we mention below have great tastes and irresistible aromas. So, here are our 5 must-try Vietnamese drinks!
Nuoc Mia (Nook Me-uh) – Sugarcane Juice
Vietnam’s familiar beverage – sugarcane juice – is never far away. Made by crushing sugarcane and extracting the juices from within makes the first Vietnamese drink on this list the sweetest (though only by a bit). Besides the obvious sweetness of this drink, Nuoc Mia has a refreshingly sour taste thanks to the added kumquat during the brewing process.
Nuoc Mia has become one of the most favorite drinks in Vietnam because of its cooling effect and low price.
The famous Nuoc Mia Cho Phu Nhuan stands out as Saigon’s oldest sugarcane shops. With over 58 years of experience, there’s no wonder it serves up a premium Nuoc Mia like no other. This, and most other sugarcane juice shops around Ho Chi Minh City, serve Nuoc Mia for the low price of 10k – 15k (50 – 75 cents) per glass.
Nuoc Mia Ch Phu Nhuan – 125A Phan Đình Phùng , Quận Phú Nhuận, TP. HCM
Perfect for keeping you hydrated during Vietnam’s intense heat, Vietnam’s sweetened tea drink is here for you. You can easily find places selling Nuoc Sam that conveniently store this drink in a bottle or a takeaway cup.
Many of the long-standing and traditional Nuoc Sam providers create batches of Nuoc Sam cooked with a Chinese-inspired sweet and slightly sour taste.
Depending on the size of the cup, and whether it’s stored in a cup or a bottle, most places will charge 5k – 15k (25 – 75 cents) for each Nuoc Sam.
Here are some of our favorite places to try Nuoc Sam in Ho Chi Minh City: Nuoc Sam Hong Phong – 154 Đ. Nguyễn Trãi, Phường 3, Quận 5, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
Nuoc Sam Co Ba – 116 Đ. Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Đa Kao, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
Egg Coffee (Caphe Trung)
Originally from Hanoi, this delicious Vietnamese drink was first conceived during the War. Scarce supplies of milk meant Vietnamese coffee lovers resorted to using eggs instead. The craze continued beyond the war, making it a treat that people enjoy to this day.
The egg provides a fluffy creamy texture that makes it an addictive treat for any visitor to Vietnam. However, nowadays egg coffee includes condensed milk which adds some sweetness to the espresso.
Egg Coffee in Ho Chi Minh
Vietphin Cafe and Nap Saigon make our top picks for egg coffee in Saigon. Nap Saigon is one of our top picks for cafés in Saigon. Take a look at this treasured cafe here.
Egg Coffee in Hanoi
For visitors to Hanoi, we suggest checking out Giang Cafe – the rumored birthplace of the drink. It’s humble beginnings as a cheaply adapted drink are reflected in the price here. Though the price of this drink in more premium-styled cafes can definitely go higher.
The price for this addictive drink is about 30k – 65k (~2USD).
Caphe Sua Da (Ca Fay Suh Dah)
Vietnamese coffee with milk, also known as Caphe Sua Da by the locals, is one of the most popular Vietnamese drinks in the country. It’s traditionally made from filter coffee with condensed milk and added ice. This drink tastes delicious with a blend of seductive tastes that linger from every sip thanks to the strong coffee and sweetness from the milk. It’s why those who try it often come back for more.
It has been voted by Bloomberg News as one of the top 10 best drinks in the world, why don’t you try it when coming to Vietnam? Even US President Obama has enjoyed this drink, proving the uniqueness and long-standing popularity of this beverage. If you’re keen on your coffee hot, then consider having a Caphe Sua (hot coffee with milk) instead.
You can try Vietnamese coffee at any street coffee shop in Vietnam, but for somewhere more special take a look at our list of the best cafes in Saigon.
Or if you’d like to grab a vietnamese coffee maker and try brewing your own, click through to our handy guide here.
Fruit Smoothies (Sinh To)
Smoothies in Vietnam are a healthy way to keep cool in the hot Vietnamese climate. They’re made entirely from fresh fruit puree with crushed ice and condensed milk. The most popular fresh fruits used in Vietnam are custard apples, jackfruit, durian, dragon fruit, papaya, etc. However, there are other more expat-friendly fruits that could be more suitable for your specific tastes, such as avocado, strawberry, carrot or apple.
This freshly sweet drink could be found all along Vietnam with very low prices from 20k-30k (~1USD)/1 glass.
Sinh To in HCMC
In Ho Chi Minh city, we would recommend you check out Sinh To 142 (Lý Chính Thắng, Phường 14, Quận 3, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam) – the oldest Sinh To shop in the city. Alternatively, Sinh To Bao also provides delicious Sinh To (122 Trần Khắc Chân, Tân Định, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam)
Sinh To in Hanoi
For those in Ha Noi, we offer you to try not only Sinh To but also fruit juices at D-N Juices and Smoothies (30A Phan Bội Châu, Cửa Nam, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội) or Vu Canu (112 Hàng Bông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam) – both are in the central district of Ha Noi.
Have you tried any of these 5 must-try Vietnamese drinks? What did you think? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below.