15 Incredible Vietnamese Flan Recipes For Home Cooks

Going out for dessert is a very popular pastime in Vietnam and these Vietnamese flan are a very popular choice. 

This article compiles a list of 15 incredible Vietnamese flan recipes for you to cook at home. There are many different variations available for you to try out.

Some of these recipes use condensed milk or coconut milk, while others use regular cow’s milk.

Some recipes include other flavorings like cinnamon and coffee while others remain very simple. 

Let’s dive into some of the recipes out there for you to try! 

1. Vietnamese Banh Flan Recipe: Creme Caramel

Banh flan is an absolutely delicious dessert. It is very popular in Vietnam, and is often eaten as a snack or a dessert. It is sold in stalls around Vietnam as well as in milk tea shops.

It is sweet and fragrant, but it is also not too unhealthy. People presume that banh flan is quite difficult to make because of its texture. However, this is not necessarily the case.

You will just need a steamer and a cooker in order to make it correctly. This is a great recipe to try out as it has a detailed step by step guide on how to make it. 

2. Vietnamese Flan

This flan is creamy and fragrant. While it is a sweet dessert, this recipe focuses more on the creamy side rather than the sweet side.

This recipe suggests adding a drizzle of coffee for some extra flavor.

It is important to ensure that you have as few bubbles as possible when you are attempting to recreate this flan as it is important to get the texture right.

It is important to give these recipes a few good because you might not get the flan right the very first time. 

3. Vietnamese Flan Recipes

This recipe serves up to 10 people. You will only need three ingredients for this flan and it doesn’t have any trimmings or extra flavors added to it.

All you will need is condensed milk, eggs and sugar for the caramel topping.

You will need to steam the flan for around 10 minutes before you take them out of the fridge and allow them to cool.

Make sure you let them cool completely and refrigerate them before you serve them as they will be best served completely cold.

4. Vietnamese Flan

This flan is easy to make. The slight bitterness of the caramel will compliment the sweetness of the custard perfectly, so the flavors are very well balanced.

This became popular in Vietnam because of the French presence. It is originally a European dessert, but it has become a classic Vietnamese dish over the years.

The caramel is quite an essential part of this process, so you should give that part some practice! 

5. Instant Pot Banh Flan

This recipe is great if you’re looking for a very creamy version of the Vietnamese flan. This recipe brings the French influence together with the Vietnamese version.

The dessert is full of the creme caramel flavors that are so well known to France, however, it is also given the Vietnamese edge due to the way that it is cooked, being steamed in the Instant Pot.

This flan is vanilla flavored and it has a very delicate texture. 

6. Vietnamese Coffee Flan

This flan serves 8 people and, instead of being in individual sizes, it is served in slices of one big flan. It takes around 1 hour to prepare, however, you must prepare it in advance because it will need plenty of time for the flan to set and cool.

These plans are best when they are served cold so make sure it is completely cooled down. 

7. Banh Flan

This recipe uses coconut cream and milk, instead of using just condensed milk. It is also made with egg yolks. The dish is very similar to its French counterpart, as it has a very silk smooth custard.

The topping which is made from sugar has a slightly nutty flavor on this recipe which makes it stand out from the rest.

This recipe will only take about half an hour to prep and cook, however you will need to give it plenty of time to cool down. 

8. Banh Flan Caramel

Desserts are a very common way of socializing in Vietnam. Often, people meet up in the evenings to get desserts.

These flans are very sweet and satisfying and they are also very cooling on the hot evenings in Vietnam. This recipe claims that the way to make a perfect flan is all down to timings.

You should leave your flan in the steamer for around ten minutes and then check if it is cooked using a toothpick. Pierce the flan and if it comes out clean, then it is ready to take out. 

9. Flan Cake Recipe

This flan cake recipe is very popular and it is a very easy recipe to follow. You will need some eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla starch and lime for this recipe.

This recipe uses fresh milk instead of condensed milk or coconut milk. It is an easy process once you know how to do it.

Your family and friends will be very impressed with this flan and it is not too difficult to make or too time consuming.

It is also very easy to store as it requires refrigeration anyway, this means that you can make this cake in advance. 

10. Vietnamese Caramel Flan

This version of the flan recommends steaming the flan for 15 minutes, rather than the 10 minutes that the other recipes recommend.

It is an easy method to make the flan and it is guaranteed to make a perfect flan.

Your guests will be very impressed with this dessert and it is perfect for a dinner party because you can make it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. 

11. Easy Vietnamese Flan

This recipe is very simple. First, you will need to prepare your caramel using sugar and water. You want the caramel to be quite dark in color when you add it to your flan.

You will then want to make the custard mixture using milk, eggs and vanilla flavoring.

This recipe uses a baking method rather than a streaming method. For some, this is a lot easier as it is simpler to tell when the flan is cooked. 

12. Easy, Creamy Caramel Flan

This recipe serves 6, so make sure you add more ingredients if you want it to serve more people. This recipe will take around 15 minutes to prepare and an hour to cook.

This recipe uses the baking method when it comes to cooking the flan. This is a very simple and easy recipe in comparison to some of the others and it won’t take much effort to make.

It will serve between 6 and 10 people depending on the size of the flans. 

13. Leche Flan

This recipe makes a smooth, rich and sweet flan. It is covered in caramel sauce. This recipe is very popular with both kids and adults who love the sweetness and indulgence of this delicious dessert.

Similar desserts to this can be found around the world in different variations. In France, the créme brúlée is a very popular version of this dish, where the caramel on top is hardened.

This version, however, the caramel on top is soft and just adds some flavor to the dessert rather than altering the texture.

Give this recipe a try if you want to see how the Vietnamese would make these flans.

14. Vietnamese Banh Flan

This recipe will make around 10 individual servings of banh flan. It is very popular in Vietnam and it is very simple to recreate at home.

You will need 6 eggs, some milk, sugar and vanilla flavoring to make the custard base and then some sugar and lime juice for the caramel topping.

The lime is a great addition to the caramel that this recipe suggests, giving it some extra flavor.

15. Vegan Vietnamese Coffee Flan

This recipe is both vegan and sugar free – something that is very hard to do on a flan that is usually made from sugar, milk and eggs.

This recipe is made by replacing the eggs with vegan gelatin and replacing the cows milk with almond milk. It makes a delicious, silky flan suitable for those with dietary requirements.

The caramel sauce is made from dates which have the consistency of real caramel. Give this recipe a go if you or some of your friends or family follow a vegan diet. 

Final Thoughts 

This list compiles 15 of the best and most delicious Vietnamese flan recipes. Give some of these a try to see which one works best for you.

While most of these recipes are quite similar, they all have some variations in ingredients and method.

It is important to try them all out in order to decide which ones work best for you.

Mark Williams