Creamy and Flavorful Vietnamese Yogurt Recipe

Welcome to my sweet Vietnamese yogurt recipe article! As a chef specializing in Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, I am excited to share with you this simple yet delicious recipe. This recipe is a staple in Vietnamese cuisine known as “Sữa Chua,” or Vietnamese style homemade yogurt.

Unlike most yogurt recipes, this one does not require a lot of prep time or special equipment. All you need are four ingredients: plain yogurt, sweetened condensed milk, water, and hot water. Plus, yogurt made at home tastes better and fresher than the store-bought ones!

This sweet tangy yogurt is perfect for breakfast or as a dessert. It’s low in sugar and high in protein, making it an excellent alternative to ice cream or frozen yoghurt.

Get ready to impress your loved ones with your newfound culinary skills by making this sweet Vietnamese yogurt recipe. Follow along with me to get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sweet Vietnamese Yogurt
Sweet Vietnamese Yogurt

Are you a fan of creamy and tangy yogurt? Then you’ll fall in love with this Sweet Vietnamese Yogurt Recipe. Rich, smooth, and packed with flavor, this Vietnamese yogurt recipe is the perfect treat for anyone looking to indulge their sweet tooth while still enjoying the health benefits of yogurt.

What makes it unique is that it’s made with a combination of plain yogurt, sweetened condensed milk, water, and hot water. This blend gives the yogurt a perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess that will tantalize your taste buds. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make a batch of creamy and delightful sweet Vietnamese-style homemade yogurt right at home.

Plus, this recipe is incredibly versatile. You can adjust the sweetness level to your liking by adding more or less condensed milk, and even use honey or maple syrup instead for a different flavor. This means that you can create endless variations of this delicious yogurt recipe to satisfy any craving.

But that’s not all – this Vietnamese yogurt also pairs nicely with other desserts such as iced coffee or glutinous rice cakes. It can also be used to create other desserts like ice cream or frozen yogurt for a sweet treat any time of the year.

So why settle for boring plain yogurt when you can enjoy the sweet tangy goodness of this Sweet Vietnamese Yogurt Recipe? Give it a try today and elevate your snack game to new heights!

Ingredient List

 A spoonful of Sweet Vietnamese Yogurt is like a trip to Southeast Asia in a cup.
A spoonful of Sweet Vietnamese Yogurt is like a trip to Southeast Asia in a cup.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 2 cups of plain yogurt (preferably with live active cultures)
  • 1 cup of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 1 cup of cold water

Note: You can adjust the amount of sweetened condensed milk to your desired sweetness level. For a sweeter yogurt, add another 1/4 cup of sweetened condensed milk.

Optional Ingredients:

  • Honey, maple syrup or any sweetener of your choice for additional sweetness
  • Glutinous rice for a thicker consistency
  • Ice cream maker for frozen yogurt

Note: Traditional Vietnamese yogurt is made strictly with plain yogurt and sweetened condensed milk. However, I like to add honey or maple syrup to give it a sweet tangy flavor.

The Recipe How-To

 This yogurt is the perfect balance of creamy, tangy, and sweet.
This yogurt is the perfect balance of creamy, tangy, and sweet.

Once you have all the ingredients ready, it’s time to make this delicious Sweet Vietnamese Yogurt. This recipe is quite easy, and it doesn’t require any special equipment, except for a pot or saucepan and a mixing bowl. Follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Mixing the ingredients

In a mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups of plain yogurt and 1 can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add 1 cup of hot water and whisk again until well combined. The hot water helps to thin out the mixture and make it easier to mix.

Step 2: Preparing the container

Rinse the container you plan to use to store the yogurt with warm water. This is important to ensure that there are no impurities or other substances in the container that might affect the quality of your yogurt. After rinsing, don’t dry the container. Leave it wet.

Step 3: Filling up the container

Now it’s time to pour your mixture into your prepared container. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap (if your container doesn’t come with a lid). Place it in a warm and dry place for fermentation.

Step 4: Fermentation

Ferment your yogurt for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight. To do this, you can use an Instant Pot or another appliance with low heat settings, or simply leave it in a warm room temperature spot in your house.

Step 5: Chill and Serve

After fermentation, chill it for at least 2 hours before serving to allow it to set completely. You can now enjoy Vietnamese Yogurt as a perfect dessert dish.

Note: This recipe serves about six people. If you want more or less yogurt, adjust the amount of ingredients accordingly.

Substitutions and Variations

 Simple ingredients make this Sweet Vietnamese Yogurt a refreshing treat.
Simple ingredients make this Sweet Vietnamese Yogurt a refreshing treat.

One of the beauties of this sweet Vietnamese yogurt recipe is its versatility. There are many ways to play with the flavors and ingredients to make it even more delicious and unique.

For a dairy-free version, you can substitute the whole milk and plain yogurt with coconut milk and coconut yogurt, respectively. This will give your yogurt a creamy texture and a subtle coconut taste.

If you want to make a low-fat version, try using low-fat or skim milk instead of whole milk. You can also swap sweetened condensed milk for almond or rice milk, and adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding honey or maple syrup.

For a variation on the classic sweet tangy taste, you can mix in different types of fruit preserves like strawberry or apricot. Additionally, instead of using plain hot water, try using black coffee instead for extra depth of flavor. The resulting coffee-flavored Vietnamese yogurt is perfect to pair with iced coffee or as a topping for ice cream.

Another fun variation is to incorporate some glutinous rice to create a texture similar to rice pudding. Simply add about 1/4 cup cooked glutinous rice per cup of yogurt. This adds not only texture but also a subtle nutty flavor.

Last but not least, if you’re feeling adventurous, try making frozen yoghurt with this recipe by following the directions for churning ice cream in an ice cream maker after letting it cool overnight in the refrigerator. Freeze until solid and enjoy a perfect summer dessert!

Remember that this recipe is meant to be adapted and customized according to your taste preferences. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients and techniques to create your own unique spin on Vietnamese Yogurt!

Serving and Pairing

 One bite of this yogurt and you'll be hooked on the unique flavor.
One bite of this yogurt and you’ll be hooked on the unique flavor.

I love to serve my Sweet Vietnamese Yogurt as a light and refreshing dessert on a warm summer day. Its sweet tangy flavor pairs perfectly with fresh fruit like sliced strawberries, blueberries, or even mango or lychee if you’re feeling adventurous.

For a more indulgent treat, you can use the yogurt in place of ice cream and make a frozen yogurt by mixing it with some thick coconut cream and freezing it until firm. This is a great option for those who love dessert but don’t want to overindulge in heavy, decadent treats.

If you’re looking to incorporate the yogurt into your breakfast routine, try serving it alongside some granola, nuts, and fresh berries for a healthy and satisfying meal that will keep you energized throughout the day.

The sweet Vietnamese yogurt also makes a delightful addition to coffee, especially when served iced. The creaminess of the yogurt and the bitterness of the coffee complement each other beautifully to create an irresistible combination of flavors.

For an authentic Vietnamese twist, pair your yogurt with some glutinous rice or sticky rice cakes (also known as mochi), which are popular snacks in Vietnam. These chewy delights are perfect for dipping into the creamy yogurt for a balanced combination of flavors and textures.

No matter how you choose to enjoy it, this sweet Vietnamese yogurt recipe is sure to delight your taste buds with its refreshing tanginess and unique sweetness.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Thick and luscious, Sweet Vietnamese Yogurt is a true delight.
Thick and luscious, Sweet Vietnamese Yogurt is a true delight.

Sweet Vietnamese yogurt is a dessert that can be enjoyed as a snack or a meal. It’s versatile, delicious, and easy to make in advance. If you want to prepare it ahead of time, you can do that and you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.

To make sure that your Vietnamese yogurt stays fresh and creamy, keep it tightly sealed in an airtight container. When you’re ready to serve, simply take it out of the fridge and let it reach room temperature for about 10-15 minutes before enjoying.

If you want to reheat your sweetened Vietnamese yogurt instead of serving it at room temperature, simply place it in the microwave or on the stovetop until warm but not overheated. Stir occasionally to ensure even heating.

One great thing about this dessert is that it’s so versatile. You can enjoy it as is, or you can get creative with topping choices such as fresh fruit, nuts or granola. You can also turn the yogurt into a frozen treat by chilling it for several hours in the freezer before serving.

The next time you’re craving a light and refreshing dessert, try this Vietnamese yogurt recipe. It’s perfect for any occasion and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Packed with probiotics, this yogurt is not only delicious but also good for your gut health.
Packed with probiotics, this yogurt is not only delicious but also good for your gut health.

Making sweet Vietnamese yogurt at home is a simple and easy process. However, to get that perfect and creamy consistency, you must follow some essential tips. Here are my top tips for achieving the perfect results for your sweet Vietnamese yogurt recipe.

Firstly, it is essential to use the right kind of plain yogurt. Make sure to buy good quality, full-fat plain yogurt with live active cultures. Using nonfat or low-fat yogurt can result in a runny and thin consistency.

Secondly, use whole milk instead of reduced-fat or skim milk to achieve a thick and creamy Vietnamese-style homemade yogurt. Whole milk has more fat content than reduced-fat or skim milk, which provides the right consistency to your yogurt.

Thirdly, always add hot water to your mixture instead of cold water as this will help activate the cultures in the yogurt and provide optimal conditions for them to grow.

Fourthly, adjust the amount of condensed milk according to your taste preference. Remember that condensed milk can differ in sweetness levels. You may gradually increase or decrease the amount of condensed milk until you achieve the desired level of sweetness.

Fifthly, refrain from stirring your mixture after adding hot water as it could disturb the incubation process and interfere with the development of active cultures.

Additionally, if using an Instant Pot for cooking your sweet Vietnamese yogurt recipe, it is recommended to follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely to ensure optimal temperature control and cooking time.

Lastly, take note of room temperature when leaving your sweet Vietnamese yogurt recipe mixture to ferment for best results. Leave it in an air-conditioned room or find a warm place with temperatures ranging between 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit.

These tips may seem small and straightforward but applying them can make all the difference in achieving that perfect sweet tangy deliciousness of sweet Vietnamese yogurt at home!


As you explore cooking new and diverse cuisines, it’s normal to have questions and concerns. With that in mind, I’ve gathered some frequently asked questions about Vietnamese yogurt recipe. Below is a list of answers to some of the most common questions that people have about this recipe. So, let’s dive in!

What is done to yogurt to make it sweet?

To create a yogurt that’s just as tasty as the ones found in stores, I recommend adding a tablespoon of fresh fruit or jam to each cup, and then adjusting the amount to your liking. If you enjoy a sweeter flavor, try adding sugar, honey, maple syrup, or any other sweetener. You can also experiment with flavor extracts by adding 2-3 drops per cup of yogurt and adjusting the amount based on your preferences.

What is the difference between Vietnamese yogurt and regular yogurt?

Vietnamese yogurt is distinguished from traditional yogurt as it uses sweetened condensed milk, which is a thicker form of milk with the removal of water. Its origins can be traced back to the 1800s when the French occupation introduced yogurt to Vietnam.

What is Vietnamese yogurt made of?

The combination of fermented whole milk and condensed milk in Vietnamese yogurt results in a unique taste that boasts both sweetness and tanginess.

How do you make plain yogurt taste sweet?

Let me share with you a simple yet delicious recipe to make a healthy and fruity yogurt. First, grab yourself a ripe banana and dice up about 1/3 to 1/2 of it. Then pop it in the microwave for about 30-40 seconds to get the juices flowing. Next, blend the softened banana with some fresh fruits or berries of your liking. To sweeten it up, add a teaspoon or two of honey, maple syrup or molasses as per your taste. Finally, add equal parts of vanilla and plain yogurt, 1/2 of each to the fruit blend, and give it a good mix. Voila! Your fruity yogurt is now ready to go!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Sweet Vietnamese Yogurt Recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves the sweet tangy flavors of Vietnamese cuisine. With its simple ingredient list and easy-to-follow steps, you can whip up a batch of this delicious yogurt in no time. Whether you enjoy it on its own or use it as a base for other desserts like frozen yogurt or ice cream, this recipe is sure to impress.

Plus, with the ability to adjust the sweetness level to your liking and the option to substitute certain ingredients for others, you can truly make it your own. And with the added benefits of live active cultures, this yogurt is not only tasty but also good for your gut health.

So what are you waiting for? Head to the kitchen and give this Sweet Vietnamese Yogurt Recipe a try. Your taste buds (and your stomach) will thank you. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, why not try pairing it with some delicious Vietnamese coffee or glutinous rice? The possibilities are endless with this versatile and delicious dessert.

Sweet Vietnamese Yogurt

Sweet Vietnamese Yogurt Recipe

This is so easy to make and beats most of the common brands in taste (and price!). From Andrea Nguyen's site- Viet World Kitchen. Cooking time is waiting time. NOTE:1) The milk can in which the condensed milk comes is used for measuring. 2)The yogurt you end up with will take on the flavour of the starter you use. I personally prefer an organic Greek yogurt starter. 3) If you prefer a thicker yogurt, add 1/3 cup dry milk powder to the room temperature water
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Vietnamese
Calories 255.9 kcal


  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans hot water (boil in pan, let cool for15 minutes to about 140F, then measure)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can room temperature water
  • 1 (14 ounce) can plain yogurt


  • Bring a kettle of water to a boil, then lower the heat to keep it warm till you need it for the water bath.
  • Whisk condensed milk, hot water and room temperature water in a bowl.
  • Whisk in yogurt.
  • Using a ladle/measuring cup,and a mesh strainer (to ensure uniform smoothness) pour yogurt into clean glass jars, glasses or plastic containers.
  • Cover with lids or a double layer of plastic wrap.
  • Put yogurt containers into a pot tall enough for there to be about 1 inch clearance from the top of the yogurt containers and the rim of the pot.
  • Return the kettle of water to a boil, turn off heat and wait for the bubbling action to subside before pouring water into the the pot for the water bath.
  • Add enough water to come slghtly above the yogurt line of the containers.
  • Cover the pot and set aside at room temperature for about 6 hours. The yogurt should thicken and sour during this time. If you want it more tart, leave yogurt in water bath for a few more hours.
  • Remove containers from bath, dry off and chill. Enjoy!
  • Keep in the refridgerator for up to 10 days.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 256gCalories: 255.9kcalCarbohydrates: 39.3gProtein: 7.7gFat: 8.1gSaturated Fat: 5.1gCholesterol: 31.8mgSodium: 123mgSugar: 39.3g
Keyword Asian, Dessert, Easy, Healthy, Inexpensive, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Vietnamese
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