Banana- King of Vietnamese Street Desserts

Banana is a nutritious tropical fruit with a lot of health benefits, therefore the Vietnamese incorporate them into a lot of recipes. Here’s a list of some very popular desserts that are made from bananas, that people often enjoy in Vietnam.

Bánh Chuối Nướng (Baked Banana Cake)

Price: 10,000 VND/cake (~0.45 USD)

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This banana cake is super delicious! Not only does it produce a wonderful aroma, accented by banana, coconut milk and buttery scents, but this slightly sweet cake is also a nice treat to have with tea, coffee, or wine.

Bánh Chuối Hấp (Steamed Banana Cake)

Price: 10,000 VND/cake (~0.45 USD)

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Unlike the baked version, this cake has a chewy texture, which is considered very fun to eat by local people. The strong banana flavor and the sweetness of the dessert creates a wonderful balance with the salty-tasting coconut milk and the crushed sesame seeds and peanuts.

Chuối Chiên (Deep-fried banana)

Price: 5,000 VND/banana  (~0.22 USD)

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This is a great snack for kids after school, or even for adults, who can enjoy it as ‘qùa chiều’ (afternoon snack).

Chuối Xào Dừa (Cooked Semi-ripe Banana With Coconut Milk)

Price: 10,000 VND/banana (~0.45 USD)

Photo: thienNabep

Photo: thienNabep

This is a very popular banana desert, especially in the Southern regions of Vietnam. Instead of being grilled, the banana is boiled in water until it turns light pink, and then is served along with salty coconut milk, and topped with roasted sesame seeds. We love this food because of its wax-like texture, which is very attractive, and the strong banana scent that is well-preserved by the cooking process, making the fruit even more delicious.

Kem Chuối (Banana Ice-cream Or Frozen Banana)

Price: 3,000 VND/banana (~0.13 USD)

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This super-easy-to-make food is the only one in this list that is supposed to be eaten cold. It’s a wonderful option when you need an instant homemade dessert that doesn’t require any special cooking skills, and a perfect way to make use of any left-over bananas that have over-ripened. To make this, you simply peel the bananas, then put the entire fruit into a plastic bag, flatten it with a pestle, and then pour some coconut milk and add some roasted peanuts into the bag. Finally, you put the mixture in the freezer, and you enjoy once it’s nice and cold. In Vietnam, frozen banana in coconut milk is considered ‘banana ice-cream’, and it can be found in any neighborhood grocery shops that have a freezer.

Chuối Bọc Nếp Nướng (Grilled Banana Wrapped In Sticky Rice)

Price: 10,000 VND/banana (~0.45 USD)

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Another great way to enjoy bananas that Vietnamese people have discovered, is wrapping it with sticky rice, then adding a layer of banana leaf, and grilling the ensemble over a charcoal stove. This dessert is very addictive because it smells and tastes amazing! The outer layer of the sticky rice is both crunchy and chewy, with the flavor of coconut milk, while the banana itself is soft and sweet. Most Vietnamese locals love enjoying the rice skin and the banana together, but some people prefer eating the skin separately. It’s all up to you, but don’t forget to pour in coconut milk with tapioca pearls and cracked peanuts, in order to enhance its awesome flavor.

If you are a low-carb person, you can try the grilled semi-ripe banana without the sticky rice wrapping. It is also delicious and it has a very pure aromatic banana scent.

Chuối Sáp Luộc (Boiled Vietnamese Plantain)

Price: 20,000 VND/bunch (~0.90 USD)

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The Vietnamese plantain is literally translated to ‘wax banana’, due to the wax-like texture that it acquires after being boiled. It’s pretty small, and it turns into a beautiful golden color when cooked. This is a very healthy and tasty dessert to opt for. Usually, we eat more than just one at a time.

Chè Chuối (Banana with Sago Pearls and Coconut Milk Sweet Soup)

Price: 10,000 VND/bowl (0.45 USD)

One of our favorite Vietnamese desserts is the ‘Chè Chuối’, a traditional sweet soup.

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Besides these banana desserts listed above, there are other Vietnamese snack options made from bananas, such as ‘Báng Tráng Chuối’ (Banana Paper), ‘Chuối Khô’ (Dried Banana, and ‘Kẹo Chuối’ (Banana Candy), which are not as popular as those mentioned above, and can only be found at a few specific places. But they all have their unique taste and you should definitely try them when you have the chance. If you love you’d like to learn more about Vietnamese desserts, you may also be interested in reading our blog about “Chè” – 7 Must Try Vietnamese Sweet Desserts, so be sure to check it out!

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Andra

    Hi, Danica! I just had lunch with some friends who have never been to Vietnam and telling them how incredible the food is there 🙂 We visited Vietnam a year and a half ago and I still miss the food there. I dunno why, but from all SE Asian food I have tried, Vietnamese is by far my favorite. I’ve been trying to cook Chuối Chiên back home, but I swear it does not have the same taste 🙂 Thanks for the delicious post! And congrats on your project – very nice idea!

    1. wildtussah

      Thanks Andra for your words. I totally agree with you that Vietnamese cuisine has been the best among SE Asian food. It’s very unique, healthy and looks so beautiful, especially the amazing street food. It’s great that you can cook ‘chuối chiên’ at home, must be very delicious!
      I’ve checked out your website and I really love your page and your adventure. Keep up good work!

  2. Suzette Nguyen

    I’m doing research on VN desserts, and came upon your blog. Thank you for introducing me to all these different desserts! I was born and raised in the U.S., and didn’t have much exposure to VN desserts, so your posts on them are great! Do you find a lot of pandan-based desserts in VN desserts? Or is that more of a Thai thing?

    1. wildtussah

      Hi Suzette,

      Thank you for your interest in our posts and Vietnamese cuisine. I’m glad that you like our blogs.

      To answer you question, I found a lot of Vietnamese deserts are made from pandan leaves. For example, ‘Bánh đúc lá dứa’ (Pandan rice cake with coconut milk),’Bánh ống lá dứa’ (Pandan steamed cake), ‘Bánh nếp lá dứa nhân đậu xanh’ (Pandan glutinous rice cake with mung bean paste stuffing), or ‘Rau câu lá dứa’ (Pandan Jelly). I also see pandan is commonly used as an important ingredient in cooking due to its aromatic scent, such as ‘Sữa đậu nành’ (Soya milk) and ‘Cháo trắng lá dứa hột vịt muối’ (plain porridge with no seasoning, eat with salted duck egg). I think pandan is a great ingredient in Southeast Asia’s cuisine that appear in both That and Vietnamese food.

      Please let me know if you have any question about Vietnamese desserts.

      Have a lovely week!

      x Wild Tussah team

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