I would like to dedicate this post to our Vietnamese friends.The simple recipe in this post is called Hoa Qua Dam (Mixed Fruits) (pronounced like Hua Kua Zum).  Hoa Qua = Fruit and Dam = Mix. This is a colourful fruit dessert, not just unique to Hanoi, but popular all over Vietnam.  

Hanoi,  once known as 'Vijayapura', has a special place in my heart. This is one tourist spot in the South East Asian belt that I would like to visit again and again. Amazingly, the city is very green and   large trees everywhere draw our attention.  The city also has many lakes within itself making the environment very water-rich. The busy city and its shopping streets resemble Chennai's "Pondy Bazaar". 

The streets around the Hoan Kiem lake (an important monument) are arranged in such a way that each street sells a particular variety/commodity -- ie... one street only for dry fruits or electrical items or silver/gold or clothing or spices or handicrafts or foot wear and so on....  One needs to be careful with local vendors as we get easily duped due to currency conversions... For those who are strict vegetarians, please check the ingredients..some fried items may be made of pork oil. 
               See a local market - including betel leaves and nuts.
The city, rather the country, is certainly worth a visit.  Those who visit the south (Po Nagar or Mui Ne) will also get to see old Indian temple ruins (Shiva-Durga temples). Please do visit Vietnam and Enjoy !!!

The above is a trove of beautiful handicrafts. Worth a buy for home decor or gifts. Cheap, but the workmanship deserves a higher price !!!

This recipe is simply tongue tantalizing and one can never stop with one serve. You will definitely go for another.

Why don't you try to make it yourself ? Read ahead and enjoy tasting this delight that you can prepare in minutes.

Preparation Time: 5 to 10 mins                               Cuisine: Vietnamese 
Spice level : Sweet                                                     Cooking level: Very easy


  • 1 Slice of Water Melon
  • 1 Slice of Honey Due Melon
  • 1 Slice of Pineapple
  • 1 Slice of Papaya
  • 1 Slice of White Dragon fruit
  • 1 Slice of Jack fruit
  • 1 Slice of Mango
  • 2 Kiwis
  • Few Longans
  • Few grapes
  • 2 tbsp of  Coconut Milk
  • 2 to 3 tbsp of Full cream condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp of crushed ice (optional)
  • Cut the fruits into bite sized chunks and arrange them in tall glasses as required.

  • Then add 2 tbsp of Coconut milk and 2 tbsp of Condensed milk along with some crushed ice into each of the glass and serve with a long dessert spoon. 


  • You can add any seasonal fruit to this dessert. Chikkoos and strawberries are good options too.
  • Refrigerate the fruits before you start preparing the dessert. This minimizes the waiting time.
  • Top up with more Condensed milk and Coconut milk if you prefer it sweeter.
  • I did not add crushed ice as the fruits were cold enough. 


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