9 popular drinks in Vietnam (part 1)

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Vietnamese cuisine has left a good impression on people from around the world. Vietnam not only has exquisite traditional dishes but also attractive drinks that make visitors interested in their unique flavor. Since Vietnam is humid and hot, most drinks are served over ice, providing a more relaxing climate to enjoy.

 

1. Coffee

Viet Nam is the world’s largest coffee producer of Robusta beans. Although Robusta beans are not as highly appreciated as Arabica beans, people around these parts know how to make the most of what they have. As a result, Vietnamese coffee is made with a special recipe and maintains its own unique taste. Coffee beans are roasted with butter and grounded well then reserved in airtight bags. Vietnamese people would use a metal drip filter to brew coffees extract (a traditional method). In Viet Nam, the two most popular types of coffee are cà phê sữa đá (iced coffee with condensed milk) and cà phê đen đá (iced black coffee with no, or little, sugar).  You can't walk down any block around the country hoping to not see someone enjoying a coffee while reading a newspaper or chatting with friends.

 

2. Iced tea:

Following feudalism under China’s rule, tea has gradually become a very popular drink in Viet Nam. In the early days, to match the North’s climate, tea was only served at a scalding hot temperature. Until it came to the South, a very hot region, people usually left their tea to cool before drinking. Later, along with the advancement of science and technology, ice freezing equipment such as the refrigerator has been widely used. Consequently, instead of drinking “natural” cold tea, some people tried dropping ice cubes into the tea glass with the purpose of cooling off on hot days, which formed the trà đá – “copyright” of Southern people in Vietnam, especially Saigon.

Nowadays, we can easily find trà đá at any place, even on any pavement, since this kind of refreshing drink is easy to make, delicious to enjoy, and, above all, is very chèap. A glass of iced tea costs just 2000 – 5000 VND. In some big restaurants, trà đá is served gratis from large pitchèrs.

 

3. Fresh coconut water

Fresh coconut water is a popular drink in Vietnam.

You won't see the packaged stuff here, though: It is drunk straight out of the coconut—and this coconut water is grassier, sweeter, and more naturally flavored than anything you'll find in a package. Coconuts are usually harvested when they are about seven weeks old —any earlier and the juice is gassy, any later and it tastes too salty. Generally, the smaller coconuts are sweeter than the larger ones.

To be continued...

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