7 Sinful Asian Street Sweets

7 Sinful Asian Street Sweets

The vast array of street food in South East Asia is one of the most enticing parts, and if you have a sweet tooth like me, you are in luck (or in trouble)! I think I ended up spending a majority of my budget on sweet street food that simply looked too good to pass up.

These seven treats were my absolute favorite during my travels throughout Vietnam and Laos – and will definitely make you want to pack your bags, and maybe a bigger pair of pants, for your trip to South East Asia!

1) THE STREET DONUTS IN HANOI 

The second we stepped off our night bus to Hanoi we were bombarded by ladies selling baskets of these freshly made donuts for less than $2 USD.

You can choose from three different types of gooey, sugary, doughy perfection.

Or – go all out, and try your first sugary donut on a stick!

These ladies carry the baskets all around the streets of Vietnam, and there is always another one coming – so be sure to bargain for about half the price.

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2) HAMBURGER STACK LOOK-ALIKE 

The streets of Hanoi do not disappoint, and this amazing croissant was filled with soft chocolate, between its buttery layers. Don’t be fooled – this is not a pile of 10 mini hamburgers!

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3) SESAME SEED GLAZED DONUTS IN SAPA

The bagel meets the donut in the most delectable way possible. This bagel-like bread is lightly glazed with sesame seeds, cinnamon sugar, and topped with even more sugar.  A perfect carbo-loading snack for your trekking to one of the local H’mong Villages in Sapa.

Stuff a couple of these in your bag (or in your face) and you will be set to hike for hours.

A Sapa Specialty

4) PEANUT-FILLED, POWDERED, GOOEY GOODNESS 

These doughy, glutinous rice balls of perfection are seen all along the river on the streets of Hoi An, Vietnam. The powdered and gooey outside surrounds an inner layer of crushed peanuts and sugar. The best part is you don’t get just one – but an entire bag!

5) FRIED PAH THAWNG KO DIPPED IN LAO COFFEE

Wow is all I have to say to this dynamic duo courtesy of the Pasaneyom Coffee Shop located on the banks of the Mekong River in Luang Prabang. This local coffee place is teeming with locals enjoying the donut-like specialty (Pah Thawng Ko).

Be sure to dip your plate of donuts into the iced cold coffee for an irresistible morning wake-me-up! 

6) MINI PANCAKES IN PALM LEAVES

Enjoy a palm leaf packed with pancakes as you stroll through the local markets.

These mini pancakes (locally called Khao Nam Kak) are made from a steaming mixture of rice and coconut cream paste. These beautiful, puffy, and soft pancakes are also available at the night market and are a perfect snacking size. 

7) TA DA or ICED TEA

There is nothing better than washing any of these sweet treats down with an freezing cold glass of iced tea. Iced tea is served almost everywhere throughout Vietnam, and is cheaper than water!

‘ Ta Da’ break in the mountains of Phong- Nha, Vietnam

I hope you enjoyed this list, but I know there are so many more amazing, sweet street foods out there that I need to try! What is your absolute favorite desert from the streets?

Spill in the comments below!

7 Comments
  • Jesse Frank says:

    I love a little booger sugar 😉

  • Dani says:

    I’ve been living here in Laos and Khao nom kok is delicious. I also have decided I need to go to Hoi an and try that peanut-filled doughy goodness.

    • phoebe.nygren@gmail.com says:

      Dani – yes you must go to Hoi An (for the amazing array of tailor made clothes, lantern lit streets, & of course the street sweets 🙂 I love Luang Prabang and am so jealous you are living there! What do you do there? I want to go back!

      • Dani says:

        First off I apologize for the double comment. I didn’t think my comment posted the first time but obviously it did! haha & I’m an English teacher.

  • Dani says:

    I am living in Luang Prabang and I agree Kha nom kok is delicious. Also I think I will have to go to Hoi An just to try the peanut-filled dough.

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