In fact, it’s a rice sheet that can be consumed in any number of ways: noodle soup, rolls, fried with vegetables…
When in Rome, etc. So when in Vietnam, I’m drinking local coffee and local beer only.
I’ve had Vietnamese coffee a few times in the States and never really got it. (bitter and really sweet and they love to serve it with ice) …Until I had a real Vietnamese coffee. It’s made in a contraption called “fin ca fe”. The result is a combination of drip coffee and a French press-made coffee. It is served in a bowl of hot water, so that the coffee that already dripped down doesn’t get cold while the rest is still dripping.
Sweet condensed milk is optional, but if you decide to have it, it’s got to go on the bottom of the cup. That way the sweetness dissolves gradually into your hot beverage. Then, if you want, add ice. Yum!
I tried 3 types: Ha Noi, Tiger Beer, and 333. They’re all about the same, relatively light, pleasant when cold.