After trying some dessert through Grab’s food delivery, hubs and I decided to visit a dessert shop in person to lessen the risk of surprises. (´・ᴗ・ ` ) We found a place called RIN Gelato, just a short walk from our hotel in Hoi An, and set out to see what they offer. If you are curious to know what desserts there are in Vietnam, come along with me~! (@´ー`)ノ゙

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First Taste of Local Dessert in Vietnam

When it comes to dessert in Vietnam, che seems to be the most commonly mentioned item. Because of that, we have shortlisted some shops to visit. But thanks to the crazy hot weather (in July), we hardly wanted to leave the hotel! ٩(× ×)۶ So we did the next best thing to satisfy our curiosity: order dessert through Grab’s food delivery~! ⸜(*ˊᗜˋ*)⸝

We found a dessert shop on Grab and ordered a Traditional Thai Sweet Soup and Milo Bingsu with Flan. As I write this, I realise they don’t sound local at all. Haha! (*/ω\) So when the desserts arrived, they looked totally different from what we expected. Firstly, the sweet soup came with durian on it! The description said nothing about durian! Luckily, hubs and I love durians. I cannot imagine someone ordering this and fainting from opening the seal. We also tried to have the dessert on our balcony as the smell was too strong. We even left the balcony open to air out the room. (×_×)

The desserts that we ordered through Grab's food delivery: Traditional Thai Sweet Soup and Milo Bingsu with Flan

The Milo Bingsu with Flan was not any better. There was no sight of Milo or bingsu in it, and the flan was put into a cup of milk tea. They either gave us the wrong order or something was very wrong with our understanding. After this failed attempt at trying desserts, we decided that we should visit a physical shop to avoid surprises. That was how we came across RIN Gelato.

Finally Getting Some Decent Dessert at RIN Gelato in Hoi An

In addition to its proximity to our hotel in Hoi An, we chose RIN Gelato because of the photos of its coconut ice cream. Not only that, but they also have soya beancurd on their menu, something I am interested in trying to see if it tastes the same as what we have in Singapore. Time to make our way there to get a taste of local dessert~! ( ´ ω ` )

Based on the photos shared on Google, I thought RIN Gelato would have air conditioning. But when we walked in, it was warm. ٩(× ×)۶ Air conditioners were installed, but the owner chose not to turn them on. Sometimes, I really got to give it to the locals for being able to take the heat and humidity. How can they not sweat profusely in the stuffy condition? Luckily, fans were placed around the shop; otherwise, we would have melted in there. Phew.

The interior and ordering counter at RIN Gelato in Hoi An

A Good Variety of Desserts, Local and Modern

There is quite a good selection of desserts here at RIN Gelato. They have traditional desserts (che), ice cream (kem), and soya beancurd (tau hu). The traditional desserts on the menu look similar to bubur cha cha, a dessert found in Singapore’s hawker centres or coffeeshops. I mentioned that che is commonly mentioned in Vietnam, right? But oddly, we didn’t go for the che. Haha! We ended up getting the ice cream and soya beancurd instead. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Review on the Ice Cream and Soya Beancurd at RIN Gelato

RIN Gelato only has coconut ice cream, and I realised this to be a thing here. I always thought coconut ice cream was a Thai thing since nobody mentioned it as a standard flavour in Vietnam. Anyway, there are a few variations of the coconut ice cream here at RIN Gelato. The ones with the best presentations were the Madagascar Coconut Ice Cream and Coconut Ice Cream with Young Coconut Flavour, both of which were too big for us. So we decided to go with the smaller one: Thai Coconut Ice Cream. It is less luxurious but still looks pretty cute in presentation~! (ᵔ◡ᵔ)

The coconut ice cream was scooped into a small coconut husk and topped with coconut shreds and peanuts. The overall taste and presentation are similar to those in Thailand. It was light and refreshing, suitable for cooling down from the sweltering heat outside.

The coconut ice cream and soya beancurd we had at RIN Gelato in Hoi An

As for the soya beancurd, we have opted for the Milk Tofu, which we assumed is the original version. I would say it is rather similar to Singapore’s Lao Ban beancurd. The consistency is thicker and has a bouncy feel to it. It tasted quite light and not very sweet, a simple dessert you can have on a hot day. (´• ω •`)

Overall Experience at RIN Gelato

It was nice to finally try some local desserts in person at RIN Gelato in Hoi An. Both desserts we ordered tasted right; they were not too sweet and were great to enjoy in the heat. If you want something more traditional, definitely go for those under the Hoi An special desserts section here at RIN Gelato. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you which is good, so you must try it to know~!

The exterior and outdoor seating at RIN Gelato in Hoi An

If you are nearby and want to try local desserts in a more comfortable setting, consider visiting RIN Gelato in Hoi An! Just note that it might get stuffy inside on a hot day, so turn on the fan or sit outside for a more breezy experience while having your dessert! (´• ω •`)ノ

Information About RIN Gelato


⏰ Opening Hours: 12 PM – 10 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +84 901 888 879
📒 Menu
💲 Thai Coconut Ice Cream: 38,000 VND (~2 SGD) | Milk Tofu: 18,000 VND (~1 SGD)

🔎 You can find out more about RIN Gelato on Facebook

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