Pia pastry- must-try dessert when travel to Mekong river in Vietnam

When taking a tour to Mekong River in Vietnam, Soc Trang province is a perfect destination for travellers who love to explore a unique place where there are three different groups of people living together including Vietnamese, Chinese and Khmer minority group through centuries. Thanks to its mixed culture, local food in this Mekong Delta province is also a great great tourist attraction, Pía Pastry which was originally from Chinese is a typical one.

Pia Pastry – a popular street food in Soc Trang province
Pia Pastry – a popular street food in Soc Trang province

Not only travellers but also locals get used to calling this sweet dessert Bánh Pía (Pía Pastry) while actually, the original name of these cakes is  “Phía” which means “cake”. The Vietnamese, to avoid double words of cakes, then changed to call them “Pía”. No matter what it is called, nobody can deny that Pía Pastry is light, sweet and aromatic with full flavours of durian – a special tropical fruit of Mekong Delta region. Although ingredients needed to make a cake are very simple and easy to find namely flour, taro, green beans, durian and egg yolk, Pía Pastry in Soc Trang has a very unique flavor as well as shape, not like any other kinds of cake. The round-shaped cakes have white cover with egg and durian inside them and they are usually stamped red mark on the surface, which is the name of the the producer. Visit Mekong Vietnam with Indochina tours Vietnam

Bánh Pía Soc Trang are round-shaped and stamped red mark on the surfaces
Bánh Pía Soc Trang are round-shaped and stamped red mark on the surfaces

Almost every traveller to Mekong River in Vietnam who has a chance to taste this special cake all agree that Banh Pía is one of the best desserts in Vietnam. It is attracted by a thin and super soft skin, not too sweet and very nice filling. Enjoying some Pía cakes with ginger tea while chatting about the unique mixed culture of the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang is absolutely relaxing.

Pía cake, along with ginger tea is a perfect combination
Pía cake, along with ginger tea is a perfect combination

If you have a chance to travel to Mekong River in Vietnam, do not forget to try this delicious dessert and buy some which might be very nice gifts for your relatives as well as friends.

The Indochina Voyages team.

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