Over the past couple of months temperatures have been rising in Saigon; this usually isn’t much of an issue because there are so many ice cream shops… but now that I’m planning to run a half marathon I need to start eating a little healthier. So I’ve switched from ice cream to frozen yogurt, meaning I’ve some tips for finding your own fro-yo fix.
If you’re in the Pham Ngu Lao area, take a walk down De Them and you will run into Yogurt World, where you’ll find a wide variety of some of Saigon’s cheapest frozen yogurt. Unlike an ice cream parlour where you order by the scoop, Yogurt World puts you in charge by letting you fill your own cup with a selection from dozens of soft-serve flavours of yoghurt and a large assortment of toppings, like fruit or chocolate chips; then they charge you by the gram. At 23,000 VND per 100 grams, you can get quite a bit of yogurt before you break the bank and you can rest easy knowing you’re paying one of the best prices in town.
For a more commercialised fro-yo experience stop by one of the four Yogen Fruz establishments sprinkled throughout the city, with their Pasteur or Vincom Centre locations being the easiest to find. With more than 1,000 worldwide franchises, Yogen Fruz knows how to deliver frozen yogurt. They go by the parlour method, where you pay by size and number of toppings. The yogurt here is a little more expensive, with a cup starting at 50,000 VND, but you do get a better quality for the increased price. The toppings are a little fresher and I think yogurt also tastes slightly better too.
I reckon you’ll find the best of both worlds at my favourite frozen yogurt spot in Saigon, Yofana. Yofana combines the quality of Yogen Fruz with the serving style of Yogurt World. They don’t have quite as many yogurt flavours as other establishments but taste and freshness are top notch. Plus, at 30,000 VND per 100 grams the price isn’t too much higher than the city’s budget options. The biggest problem is that Yofana is a little out of the way, tucked away on Ky Dong in District 3, and it’s a little hard to justify a 10-minute taxi ride out of downtown just for some frozen yogurt.
Is frozen yogurt really that much healthier than ice cream? Actually I doubt there is that much of a difference but if you don’t say anything, neither will I. Personally, I’ve always liked it better. Either way, healthier or not, it is still delicious and a great way beat the Saigon heat.
147 Tran Hung Dao, District 1, Saigon
T: (08) 3290 6985
118 Pasteur, District 1, Saigon
10 Ky Dong, District 3, Saigon
T: (08) 6290 4013
By Angela Schonberg
Last updated on 16th December, 2014.