Aug 2008

Sữa Đậu Nành

Saigon’s incessant heat, pollution and traffic can really take a toll on motorcyclists and pedestrians. Roadside drink stands scattered throughout the city’s sizzling pavement provide respite from the unavoidable chaos.

These “Fast Drink” stands offer refreshing options like winter melon juice and my personal favorite, sua dau nanh—soy milk. The soy milk can be served either hot or cold, sweetened or not, and sometimes with essence of pandan leaves (if you’re lucky!).

A serving of sua dau nanh goes for 2,000 VND and can be consumed in a glass on the side of the road or on the go inside a plastic bag tightly sealed using a rubber band. The street food vendors in Saigon do incredible things with rubber bands.

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7 thoughts on “Sữa Đậu Nành

  1. There’s nothing that brings me greater joy than buying hot, fresh soy milk in a clear plastic bag tied with a yellow rubber band from the wet markets in Vietnam at 7am. Wish I were there! 🙂

  2. man i miss drinking fresh soy milk. my mom says it is too labor intentsive to make. but maybe one day i will try to make it. but man do i miss it.

  3. I remember as a child, drinking iced tea from these pastic bags. I love your blog. Brings back great memories.

  4. Hồi nhỏ ngay cạnh là nhà làm đậu. Lúc nào cũng sang chơi.

    Lớn rồi thấy đậu bây giờ ko ngon như ngày xưa nữa

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