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Must-try drinks in Vietnam

Coconut water is a favorite drink of Vietnamese

Although Vietnamese cuisine is world-famous, few travelers visiting this Southeast Asian country consider on what they will be sipping on the streets of Saigon or Hanoi capital city. It is such a big mistake: drinks in Vietnam are as awesome and diverse as its cuisine. Headed to Vietnam? There are some drinks you should seek out during your visit. Vietnam tour packages

Coconut water in Vietnam

Coconut water

Coconut water – source: internet

Even though coconut water may have just shown up on the grocery store shelves in your country a few years ago, it has been a favorite drink of Vietnamese people for centuries. In Vietnam, you will not see much packaged stuff as people drink straight out of the coconut—and this coconut water is much sweeter, grassier and much more full-flavored than anything you are able to find in a package. For the first time trying, it is like drinking raw milk. Note that the larger coconuts are generally not as sweet as the smaller ones.

Vendors will chop off the outer green husk and keep the small white inner shell, cut into a shape that cannot fall over when put on a flat surface as whole coconuts are unwieldy to store. Not until you order that these white globes are usually kept on ice, then they use a giant machete to chop a hole on the top.

Coconut water is a favorite drink of Vietnamese

Coconut water is a favorite drink of Vietnamese -source: internet

Normally, coconuts at about seven weeks old are harvested, any later and it tastes too salty, any earlier and the juice is gassy. The harvester will chop one open to inspect the flesh, which should be jelly-ish but not absolutely translucent, in order to judge the readiness of a coconut. A sign that the fruit is too old for drinking is hard white coconut flesh.

If you want to sleep well, it is not advisable to drink coconut water after 5 p.m. as it is believed to have diuretic properties. However, it is the go-to drink for rehydrating before 5 p.m.

Fruit smoothie

Fruit smoothie

Fruit smoothie -s source: internet

Everywhere in Vietnam can you find smoothies and it does not just mention strawberry-banana. You can find smoothies with fresh jackfruit, custard apple and dragon fruit along with yogurt, condensed milk and ice. For a creamy flavor reminiscent of both pineapples and strawberries, sinh to mang cau (soursop smoothie), a refreshing sweet-and-tart treat made from a fruit that is popular in Southeast Asia and native to South and Central America, is such a good choice. Halong bay luxury cruise

Herbal tea

Herbal tea

Herbal tea – source: internet

Usually served over ice, this sweet and nutty Vietnamese herbal tea is perfect to sip in a Vietnamese wet market’s noise and chaos on a steamy day. The most basic herbal tea recipe, which is believed to have “cooling” properties according to Chinese medicine, contains grass roots, nettle leaves, sugar cane and especially corn silk—an illustration of the Vietnamese aversion to waste anything. Variations of this kind of drink can also contain roasted water chestnuts, the flower of the sawtooth herb (also known as spiky cilantro/coriander) and dried longan.

Sugar cane juice

Sugar cane juice

Sugar cane juice – source: internet

Not as sickly sweet as you might expect, wonderful sugar cane juice is another drink considered to be “cooling”. To squeeze the juice from stalks of sugar cane, street vendors use electric squashing machines, not unlike an old-fashioned wringer. Then, it is usually well mixed with juice from the calamansi, a small sour citrus fruit smelling like a mandarin. The completed product has a crisp grassy flavor that is really refreshing on an uncomfortably hot day. With a bucket of sugar cane stalks in front of their stall, sugar cane vendors advertise their wares openly. You can also identify them by what looks like a wheel of a ship on the side of the stall, part of the electric wringer mechanism that juices the cane right in front of your eyes.

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