The way Vietnamese eat yogurt is different from what Westeners know: after incubating the yogurt, we actually freeze them in small jars, the same size as baby food jars. Many Vietnamese families here in the US do save the baby food jars and use them to store their homemade yogurt. It might be surprising for you to learn, but Vietnamese also enjoy ice yogurt, a yogurt drink that is usually served for a healthy breakfast. You can find the instructions on how to make it below.
To make yogurt, you need to have a cup of yogurt to use as a starter. For an authentic Vietnamese yogurt, buy a cup of yogurt at a Vietnamese food-to-go store. If you can’t find it in your area, you can use plain organic yogurt as the starter. It’s available at any supermarket. After that, save 1 cup each time and use it as the starter for the next round.
The formula below uses the same condensed milk can to measure. It makes the job easier and less to clean up. Enjoy!
Vietnamese yogurt recipe:
1 (14 oz) can condensed milk
1 can hot water
2 cans whole milk
1/2 to 1 can plain yogurt as a starter
Boil a kettle of water. Let it cool down for 5 minutes.
Pour the condensed milk into a bowl. Using the same can, add in a can of hot water. Stir to dissolve the condensed milk.
Add 2 cans of whole milk and 1 can of plain yogurt to the bowl. Mix it well together.
Strain this mixture through a mesh strainer to ensure it’s smooth.
Laddle this mixture into cups or jars.
Put the cups or jars into a pot wide enough to hold all of them. Add just-boiled water and hot tap water from the sink to the pot to submerge up to 1/2 milk level in the cups. Cover the cups with towel paper so the evaporated water is absorbed into the paper and doesn’t fall back down into the cups. Then cover the pot and let it sit at room temperature for 7-8 hours. After that, take them out, dry the cups, cover, and chill them in the frigerator. Freeze them as desired.
Makes 8 cups.
To make ice yogurt, crush some ice and put it in a tall glass. Add in a cup of yogurt, squeeze in juice from a wedge of lime, and 1 tbsp of condensed milk. Stir it up, this makes a great healthy, delicious breakfast drink.
To make fruit yogurt, in a glass, add in your favorite fresh fruit then pour a cup of yogurt to the top. Ganish with a mint leaf. Great for dessert!