Want to taste some Vietnamese desserts during your next trip to Vietnam? In Vietnam there are several interesting and delicious desserts to taste. From sweet coffee drinks and local doughnuts to sweet soups and mung bean pastries – your taste buds are going to love Vietnam.

Here are 11 Vietnamese desserts to taste during your stay in the country:

Vietnamese donuts “Banh Tieu”

The Vietnamese donuts “Banh Tieu” are simply delicious. They’re made of crispy fried dough covered in sesame seeds. They have a sweet and savory flavor with a slightly crunchy texture.

You can find these at most food markets in Vietnam.

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Sticky rice balls in ginger syrup “Che Troi Nuoc”

Che Troi Nuoc is a sweet dessert made of glutinous rice balls stuffed with mung bean paste and cooked in a sweet and flavorful ginger syrup.

They are usually served hot and topped with some sesame seeds. If you like sweet desserts, make sure to add this one to your bucket list of Vietnamese desserts.

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Coconut coffee

Cộng Cà Phê is a Vietnamese coffee chain that’s well known for their coconut coffee. I’ve tried it myself, and I must say that it was really good.

The coffee is made of espresso mixed with iced coconut cream, which results in a coconut latte. Although it’s a coffee drink, I would say that it’s more like a dessert than a cup of coffee.

It’s simply delicious and a must to taste when it comes to Vietnamese desserts.

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Sweet cassava, potato, and taro soup “Che Ba Ba”

Che Ba Ba is a creamy dessert made from sweet potato, taro and cassava. These ingredients are simmered in a coconut milk with tapioca pearls, which results in a delicious sweet soup.

It’s a classic Vietnamese dessert that can be eaten on both cold and hot days.


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Vietnamese mooncakes “Banh Trung Thu”

The mooncake originates in China, but is also very popular in Vietnam. These beautiful cakes are eaten to celebrate harvest or Mid-Autumn festival.

There are two types of mooncakes in Vietnam; the round and the square-shaped mooncakes. The square represents the earth and the round represents the sky.

The Vietnamese mooncakes vary in ingredients, as well as fillings. There are both sweet and salty mooncakes available in the country.

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Banana with sago pearls in coconut milk “Che Chuoi”

This is one of the most delicious Vietnamese desserts. It’s made of sweet banana, coconut milk, and sago pearls, topped with sesame seeds and crushed peanuts.

Che Chuoi is one of the Vietnamese desserts that you have to add to your Vietnamese food bucket list, it’s a classic!

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Three color dessert “Che Ba Mau”

Che Ba Mau is another popular dessert from Vietnam. It’s made of layers of red beans, yellow mung bean paste, and green pandan jelly. It’s topped with coconut cream and crushed ice.

This dessert is served in a tall glass with a spoon so you can mix all layers together. It’s a delicious treat to have on a hot summer day in Vietnam since it’s such a cooling dessert.


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Egg Coffee “Ca Phe Trung”

This is another sweet treat on this list that’s not a dessert, however, I would say that it’s more like a dessert than a coffee. It’s made of egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk, and Vietnamese coffee. This drink originates in Hanoi, but is served at various cafés all over the country.

Ca Phe Trung is simply delicious and a must to taste while you’re in Vietnam.

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Vietnamese steamed layer cake “Banh Da Lon”

This is Vietnamese steamed layer cake is made from mung beans, rice flour, coconut milk, and tapioca starch. It’s sweet in flavor and chewy and sticky in texture. It’s made with various layers in different colors to give the cake its beautiful striped look.

In addition to being a beautiful dessert, it’s also delicious.

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Mung bean pastry “Banh Dau Xanh”

Banh Dau Xanh is a classic when it comes to Vietnamese desserts. It’s made of mung beans, oil, coconut milk, and sugar.  These cakes are not too sweet in flavor, and is perfect together with a cup of tea.


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Black sesame soup “Xi Ma”

Xi Ma might not look like the most delicious dessert in the world, however, it’s actually really good. It’s made of black sesam seeds and has a sweet and rich flavor with taste of toasted sesame seeds.

It’s black in color and served hot. It also contains the pennywort herb, which is known for its health benefits.

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More about Vietnamese desserts

Vietnamese desserts are not only delicious, but are also low in sugar and contains healthy ingredients. Common ingredients in Vietnamese desserts includes bananas, mung beans, coconut milk, glutinous rice, pandan, and sesame seeds.

The desserts in Vietnam comes in various flavors and shapes – there’s so many interesting Vietnamese desserts for you to taste.

More Vietnamese desserts to taste:

  • Banh com – Dessert made from rice and mung beans
  • Banh mat – Vietnamese rice cakes
  • Tau Hu Nuoc Duong – Tofu in ginger syrup
  • Com ruou – Dessert made from glutinous rice
  • Xoi ong – Sweet roasted coconut flakes
  • Thach Rau Cau – Vietnamese jelly dessert
  • Che Dau Xanh – Soup with mung beans
  • Che Thai – Fruit cocktail
  • Che Dau Do – Red bean soup with coconut milk
  • Ban Chuoi Nuong – Baked banana cake
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What are your favorite Vietnamese desserts? Leave a comment below!