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10 Must-Try Vietnamese Drinks in Ho Chi Minh City

Apart from the variety of diversified cuisines, the scrummy Vietnamese drinks are something you should try. These beverages will refresh and cool your thirst during a scooter or walking tour around the city. Here are ten delicious must-try Vietnamese drinks in Ho Chi Minh City that will delight you while you explore the city.

1. Vietnamese Coffee (Ca Phe) – Must-try Vietnamese Drink in Ho Chi Minh City

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Vietnam is one of the leading coffee exporters. Not only is Vietnamese coffee famous for its high-quality coffee beans but it is also known for its unique brewing style, using a small metal drip filter called Phin. This is one of the must-try Vietnamese drinks in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Besides, the excellent and perfect combination of coffee, ice, and condensed milk named “ca phe sua da” has contributed significantly to bringing Vietnamese cuisines to the world. You can also have iced black coffee or a hot one if you prefer a stronger taste. Sitting, chatting, and having coffee at streetside vendors or air-conditioned cafes have formed a drinking culture in the busy city. In Ho Chi Minh City, you can easily find a cup of coffee for variable prices from VND 20,000+.

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2. Sugarcane Juice (Nuoc Mia)

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Sugarcane juice is another must-try Vietnamese drink in Ho Chi Minh City that we highly suggest. If you wander around a local market, it is easy to find some stalls selling this delicious beverage. The sellers often use a particular machine to extract the juice from sugarcane (a machine with two rollers that presses and squeezes the sugarcane) along with some kumquat to add a slight sourness, balancing the sweetness.

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It typically would not cost you much to enjoy the refreshing drink. A cup of sugarcane juice is only about VND 20,000. It is also the freshness of the drink that makes it the favorite drink of the Vietnamese.

3. Fresh Coconut Juice (Nuoc Dua)

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Easy to find in many tropical countries around Southeast Asia, coconut is a favorite refresher on hot summer days. In Vietnam, not only do people love drinking this yummy beverage, but they also use fresh coconut juice as the main ingredient in many savory recipes. Besides, coconut juice supplies plenty of vitamins and minerals that benefit your skin. It just costs you VND 10,000 – 15,000 to slake your thirst with a fresh coconut that you can find in any Vietnamese market, but prices are higher at restaurants.

4. Fruit Smoothies (Sinh To)

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Strawberry smoothies

A healthy and nutritious drink can be easily found in every corner of Vietnam, especially in street food vendors. There are various options when the locals choose a type of fruit to make a smoothie. While strawberries, bananas, and avocados are more common worldwide, Vietnamese fruits such as soursop, sapodilla, jackfruit, or dragonfruit make unbelievably great smoothies. The fruits are blended with ice and condensed milk, creating a fantastic combination. The price is usually from VND 15,000 to VND 20,00 for street stalls and VND 30,000+ in café and restaurants.

5. Beer (Bia)

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Since the introduction of beer to Vietnam in the 1900s, drinking this alcoholic beverage has become a culture. Besides coffee shops, it is common to invite each other to beer restaurants for social gatherings and even business discussions. It is not rare to see people with cold beers in their hands, cheering and talking at vendors along the streets, especially those near the canals.

In Ho Chi Minh City, a can of delicious beer costs VND 16,000. The local beers range from Saigon Red and Saigon Special to 333, which are a bit sweeter than beers from other parts of the country. Many consumers have also favored craft beers such as Platinum, Pasteur Street Brewing, East West Brewing, or Heart of Darkness.

6. Artichoke Tea (Tra Atiso)

Artichokes are primarily found in Vietnam’s central highlands, Da Lat in particular, where the conditions are perfect for growing plants to their best quality. The artichoke tea packets are now available in almost any market and store in Vietnam, with a price up to VND 60,000+ per 200-gram tea packet. The tea has light, sweet flavors and various benefits such as stimulating fat/cholesterol burning and liver cleansing, which makes this Vietnamese drink a delicious and healthy refreshment. You can use it hot or add ice to maintain its original flavor.

7. Grass Jelly (Suong Sao)

The main ingredient of this popular drink is grass jelly made from a herb in mountainous areas, Suong Sao. Originally, grass jelly was a traditional dessert in Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong. The Chinese in Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City has made it more widely consumed in the country. If you visit some markets in District 5, you can find local stalls to enjoy a cup of grass jelly. Traditionally, people often add some sticky sugary syrup to decrease the slightly bitter taste. It also goes well with coconut milk, diced fruit, and condensed milk.

8. Herbal Tea (Nuoc Sam)

Herbal tea is an affordable drink that would cool your thirst as well as have detoxifying effects. There are many ways herbal tea is made, but the most common is the mixture of sugarcane, pandan leaf, and corn silk with other herbs and roots. While walking around and discovering the city, do not hesitate to treat yourself to a 15,000-dong bottle of herbal tea, which can easily be found on the sidewalk in Ho Chi Minh City.

9. Pennywort Juice (Nuoc Rau Ma)

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Passion fruit juice and pennywort juice

Wandering around the city under hot weather, a glass of pennywort juice would immediately save you from thirst, keep you hydrated, and revive your adventurous spirit! The drink is simply blended with pennywort and sugar. It was not until recently that the locals got a little more creative, adding green beans, condensed milk, and even bobas! Stallholders usually gather around parks, in front of schools and markets, and sell at a reasonable price of around VND 15,000.

10. Soybean Milk

Unlike regular bottled or canned soybean milk, Vietnamese soybean milk contains one special ingredient: pandan leaf extract. This extract does a fantastic job of adding a light yet fragrant sweetness to this drink. Along with its delightful flavor, soybean milk has been widely known for its marvelous benefits to human health. You can have a bottle of homemade soybean milk for VND 15,000.

Summary of 10 Must-try Vietnamese Drinks in Ho Chi Minh City

Above are the typical Vietnamese drinks that will make your love for Vietnamese cuisine even bigger. We hope our guidelines will help you get a fully local experience in Vietnam.

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