10 Best Street Drinks in Hanoi

Visiting top 10 street drinks in Hanoi is a dispensable part in your journey to this thousand–year capital of Vietnam.

1. Egg Coffee (Cà phê trứng)

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Egg coffee (cà phê trứng) is a Vietnamese specialty that originated in Hanoi, made with egg yolks, sugar, sweetened condensed milk, and coffee. To make the drink, cook egg yolks with sugar and add coffee.

2. Bia Hơi (Fresh beer)

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A bia hoi is a newly made beer that has been tapped from casks. Bia hoi is extremely inexpensive, with a large glass costing between 5000 and 8000 VND (less than half a dollar), so it's no surprise that it's widely popular throughout Vietnam. Customers sit on little plastic seats on the sidewalk in most street bars where it is served.

If you're searching for a comfortable chair, Bia Hoi is not the place to go. Sit on tiny plastic stools on the street, right next to the residents, talk to the employees, and become a part of the scene. This is a simple way to become engaged in Hanoi's street culture. If you never try, you'll never know.

3. Fruit Smoothie (Sinh tố)

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A few teaspoons of condensed milk, coconut milk, crushed ice, and fresh fruits are needed to make a fruit smoothie. Custard apple, jackfruit, watermelon, strawberry, sugar apple, lychee, mango, avocado, passionfruit, dragonfruit, and banana are among the smoothies available.

4. Coconut Ice-Cream (Kem dừa)


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This ice cream is kept in a large coconut with copra and fresh shredded coconut on top, as well as dried fruits. Coconut ice cream is fragrant, chilled, and infused with the freshness of coconut, resulting in a completely new and refreshing experience. Coconut ice cream isn't inexpensive. It costs between 30.000 and 50.000 VND (less than 2 USD).

5. Trang Tien Ice-cream (Kem Tràng Tiền)


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Since its inception in 1958, Trang Tien Ice-cream, or "Kem Tràng Tiền," has been an indispensable delicacy for many generations of Hanoians. Anyone who has had the pleasure of tasting it will never forget the capital's unique practice of eating Trang Tien ice cream while standing.

Its well-known name stems from its address, 35 Tràng Tin Street. Trang Tien ice-cream establishment won over the hearts of everyone from toddlers to the elderly with its exquisite taste and inexpensive cost, despite starting with only four ice-cream varieties: chocolate, young rice, coconut milk, and green bean.

The Trang Tien ice-cream shop never seems to be empty, especially during the scorching summers in Hanoi. People would wait in line from inside the store to outside the street to purchase a few ice creams. Even so, some would be forced to go empty-handed.

Hanoi's culture and traditions have become ingrained in Trang Tien ice cream.

6. Sugarcane juice (Mước mía)


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The juice collected from pressed sugarcane is known as sugarcane juice. It is not an unusual occurrence in Vietnam. Many countries, particularly those where sugarcane is commercially farmed, such as Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, Egypt, and Latin America, drink it as a beverage.

Sugarcane juice is made from peeled sugarcane crushed in a mill.

Sugarcane juice is available all year in Hanoi, but the best time to buy it is during the summer, when the temperature in Vietnam is scorching.

7. Bubble tea (Trà Sữa trân châu)


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Pearl milk tea, boba tea, momi milk tea, QQ, tapioca tea, boba milk tea, boba nai cha, sweet milk tea, zhen zhu nai cha, pearl tea, tapioca pearl drink, momi, "the drink with the fat straw," are some of the other names for bubble tea. It's a sugary tea.

Bubble tea is available in a range of tastes.

A fruit-flavored cream drink, a sweet fruit drink, or a fruit-flavored tea are the three types of bubble teas available. The fruity and creamy flavors are the most popular. Strawberry, passion fruit, mango, lemon, green apple, watermelon, grape, lychee, banana, avocado, coconut, pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, and kiwi are some of the fruity and creamy tastes offered. Taro, coffee, mocha, chocolate, black milk tea, Thai tea, lavender tea, and rose tea are also popular non-fruit and creamy flavors.

8. Jackfruit yogurt (Sữa chua mít)


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Since the previous year, jackfruit yogurt has been a summer hit in Vietnam. Simply combine yogurt, fresh jackfruit, "tran chau" (tapioca balls), jelly, syrup, and condensed milk, as well as ground ice, to make a bowl of delectable jackfruit yogurt that is both refreshing and affordable. In Hanoi, jackfruit yogurt can now be found in practically every sweet porridge restaurant, so you won't have to look too hard.

9. Yogurt With Fermented Purple Sticky Rice (Sữa chua nếp cẩm)


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Yogurt combined with fermented purple sticky rice, condensed milk, and crushed ice will create a refreshing summer dish that you will remember for as long as you taste it. The sourness and spiciness of the fermented purple stickiness, along with the limberness and smell of yogurt, will assist in "cooling down" on hot summer days.

10. Coconut Jelly (Thạch dừa)

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Coconut, as we all know, is extremely beneficial to one's health, skin, and digestive system. Coconut water isn't just for drinking; it's also used to make coconut jelly (coconut seaweed jelly). This dish is not only tasty, but it can also help "cool down" on hot summer days.

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