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In Vietnam, smoothies are made from various kinds of fruit, especially the native fruits from tropical climates. Some deliciously popular flavors of smoothies are from avocados, dragon fruits, custard-apple, jackfruits, and many more. You’ll find smoothies ground with condensed milk or yogurt.
5. Sugarcane juice:
Although it has natural sickly sweetness, sugar cane juice is another drink that's considered "cooling". It's usually sold by street vendors who use electric squashing machines, not unlike an old-fashioned wringer, to squeeze the juice from stalks of sugar cane. It's usually then mixed with a tiny sour citrus fruit in order to enhance its taste. The finished product has a crisp grassy flavor that's very refreshing on a hot, sweltering day. Sugar cane vendors advertise their wares openly with a bucket of sugar cane stalks in front of their stall. They can also be identified by what looks like a ship's wheel on the side of the stall, part of the electric wringer mechanism that juices the cane before your eyes.
6. Herbal tea
This sweet and nutty Vietnamese herbal tea is usually served over ice, making it perfect to sip in the chaos and noise of a Vietnamese wet market on a steamy day. Believed to have "cooling" properties according to Chinese medicine, the most basic nước sâm recipe contains sugar cane, nettle leaves, Chinese plantain, grass roots and corn silk—an illustration of the Vietnamese way to waste nothing. Variations of this drink also include dried longan, the flower of the sawtooth herb (also known as spiky coriander/cilantro), and roasted water chestnuts.
To be continued...