When it comes to desserts in Vietnam, people will often get stuck on the idea of che – sometimes translated as “sweet soup” – but there’s a lot more to the nation’s sweet tooth than this.
While che, with all its coconut milk and bean varieties is great, Vietnam’s tumultuous history has provided inspiration for a few desserts with a touch more imagination. Over time, these have slowly gone on to become an ingrained part of Vietnamese cuisine.
At Ngon Villa, our all-you-can-eat concept will allow you to try a variation of traditional dishes, including some of our decadent dessert options. While che may not be on the list, each option utilizes traditional Vietnamese ingredients.
We join the elements of tradition and modernity using Vietnamese recipes and fruits, with French techniques to make some mouth-watering meal-finishers.
1. Pink pomelo platter
A Vietnamese staple, but a rarity in most of the world, Vietnam’s pink pomelos mostly come straight from the Mekong Delta. While most people may associate a pomelo with the grapefruit often found in western countries, there are some distinct differences between the two, particularly with the pink pomelo.
The taste of a pink pomelo is a bit different from your average pomelo, it doesn’t pack such a kick, but is sweeter instead. Our pomelo platter not only makes a very attractive, colorful dessert, but also serves as a fresh, fruity and delicious end to a meal.
2. Pineapple flambé served with vanilla ice cream
You’ll find pineapple to be a one of the more popular fruits sold by street vendors across Vietnam, the skin sliced off and the fruit cut into ribbons. This dish, however, finds more French inspiration than Vietnamese. Though it is soaked in rum, our flambé remains light, while the ice cream adds an indulgent twist that perfectly soothes the fruity tang of the pineapple.
3. Deep fried banana with sticky rice
Warm and filling, this dish is good for colder days and irresistible on hot days. Whole bananas are dipped in batter for this delectable dessert, fried until they have a crumbling crisp coating then served with a side of sticky rice for a signature Vietnamese approach. The crunch of the outer shell leads to a warm, sweet and caramelized center.