Guide to Banh Tieu

doughnuts in a plate, tongs, doughnuts in a jar

Bánh tiêu, or Vietnamese hollow doughnut, is airy and light with a hollow interior, hence the name. These donuts aren’t overly sweet like the traditional western one and are usually coated with sesame seeds. Most first-generation kids from Vietnam would probably remember the bánh tiêu as a weekend treat, exclusively sold at … Read more

Guide to Chè Ba Mau

broken coconut

Chè ba màu is a Vietnamese dessert made with a combination of ice slush, bouncy jelly, soft beans, and topped with a layer of rich coconut sauce. Chè ba màu translates to “three-color dessert” in Vietnamese and is similar to chè Thái. It also shares some similarities with Filipino halo-halo. While this … Read more

Guide to Xi Ma

town of Hoi An, boats, trees, yellow houses, people

Black sesame sweet soup, or xi ma, is a popular Vietnamese dessert in Hoi An. It first came from the Fujian Province of China and is typically made with black sesame seeds, rice flour, sugar, coconut, and a Chinese herbal medicine called pennywort. Xi ma is usually served in small portions and … Read more

Guide to Bánh Dau Xanh/Mung Bean Pastry

mung beans, shovel

Bánh dau xanh or mung bean pastry is considered a representative of Vietnam‘s flavor. With its rustic and simple ingredients, the dessert shows the ingenuity and delicacy of industrious Vietnamese workers.  Hai Duong city, located within the Hanoi-Hai Phong-Quang Ninh tourist triangle, is home to the bánh dau xanh. When traveling to … Read more

Guide to Chè Bà Ba

cassava crops

Chè bà ba is a Vietnamese sweet soup dessert typically made with a coconut soup base and square bits of cassava, taro, and khoai lang bí (a type of long sweet potato with yellow flesh and red skin). You can eat this dish hot, but you can also eat this cold with … Read more