Top exotic fruits in Vietnam (part 2)

After the first series about Top Exotic fruits in Vietnam, I scratch over my head trying to choose the next 5 exotic fruits because I love all kinds of fruits in general, hence it is pretty hard to narrow down the list and choose the next 5. Following my nose and your comments below my video, here comes other kinds of exotic fruits I am pretty sure you will like once you try them.

Water apple (Mận) is what my fellows and I would risk our lives to get when the summer comes. A bunch of red, juicy water apple dangles from the tree was just so irresistible. Personally, I think children always want to do what they are not allowed to do. So did we, back in the old days. We sneaked into someone’s house and climbed up the tree to pick water apples. There were scars when we fell from the tree. There were dogs barking and chasing us. And there were fresh watery water apples, making us feel like we were brave warriors, and fruits are our trophy.

Soursop (Mãng cầu xiêm) belongs to my “monster fruits” list alongside with jackfruit and durian. But trust me! Don’t fall for its shape because it tastes way better than it looks. The texture is interesting. It is soft and a bit chewy, not too sour or too sweet. If you go to a dessert place, soursop will usually be mixed with condensed milk and crushed ice. I prefer to mix soursop with yogurt instead.

Langsat (Bòn bon) is a kind of fruit that Westerners have probably never heard of. It is quite popular in Southeast Asia though. It’s round, small, yellowish outside, and translucent inside. If langsat is unripe, it’s sour and has white pus. When totally ripe, it’s perfectly sweet. It’s tasty, but for me, it takes a lot of patience to eat this kind of fruit because it’s so small, and we always have to peel the whole thing off.

Dragon fruit (Thanh long) oftentimes catches my attention by its smooth, gorgeous, reddish skin every time I go to the market. Contrary to its eye-catching color, the flesh inside is just pure white with tiny black eatable seeds. We eat dragon fruit itself as a dessert, or when we are tired of it, we mix it with other kinds of fruits. Do you know that if we eat too much of this red-colored fruit, our urine can turn reddish also? It’s true, but it’s harmless :) Anyway, whatever we eat or drink, an average amount of them is good enough.

Durian (Sầu riêng) is referred to “King of fruits” in Southeast Asia, but I am not sure if everyone would love this King. The smell scares people away before they even have a chance to taste it. Some people say it smells like dirty socks that aren’t washed for a long time, haha. Maybe, but once you try and enjoy it, a piece of durian will definitely make your day.

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Summer created in 2010 to share her eating experience in her hometown Da Nang and other cities around Viet Nam and Asia. She also runs the Funtastic hostels, Food tour and Cooking class in Danang.

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  • Kimbo

    I had egg fruit when I was out there. It was delicious! We don’t get it here in the States, I wish we did.