A Food Lover's Travel Guide to the Best of Vietnamese Food

Banh Bong Lan or Sponge Cake

Banh Bong Lan

Sponge Cake

Introduced by the French, bánh bông lan is now a popular dessert or snack that can be found in most Vietnamese bakeries. There are many Vietnamese varieties that will surprise you (and probably won't sound too tasty), have a look at the profile and see which ones sound the most delicious to you.

Banh Cam or Orange Cake

Banh Cam

Orange Cake

A fried doughnut type pastry filled with sweet mung bean. It's called orange cake because of its resemblance not taste (there is no orange in it).

Banh Chuoi Chien or Deep Fried Banana

Banh Chuoi Chien

Deep Fried Banana

One of my favourite desserts period. Deep fried bananas are crispy, gooey, and oh so good.

Banh Pia or Pia Mooncake

Banh Pia

Pia Mooncake

Bánh pía, or bánh bía consists of a flaky crust filled with sweetened mung bean paste, durian, and sometimes shredded lard, salted egg yolk, or coconut.

Ca Phe Trung or Vietnamese Egg Coffee

Ca Phe Trung

Egg Coffee

Egg coffee is quite difficult to find outside of Hanoi. An egg is frothed with sugar and poured on top of a cup of thick, rich Vietnamese coffee. You can also get it with sweetened condensed milk, and can usually choose whether you want it hot or cold.

Che Bach Qua or Ginkgo sweet soup


Vietnamese Sweet Soup

Chè isn't your typical dessert. It's can be made with beans, fruit, jelly, rice, tubers, grains, or a variety of other ingredients. The liquid is sweet and refreshing. Sometimes it's served with coconut cream.

Vietnamese sticky rice with ice cream

Kem Xoi

Ice Cream and Sticky Rice

With the exception of rice pudding, the western world doesn't really do rice desserts. If you want to dip your toes into the combination, try kem xoi. Pandan sticky rice and coconut ice cream -- a great combination of flavour and texture.

Xoi Man or Salty Sticky Rice topped with meats


Sticky Rice

A very popular breakfast, lunch, or snack in Vietnam. Sticky rice is steamed and topped with a variety of savoury or sweet toppings. During lunch, schools will empty and students will head to their nearest xoi street food stall to fill up on this cheap but tasty concoction.