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Vietnamese Basil Seed & Malva Nut Drink

One of my favorite ways to stay cool during this past summer’s heatwave is with this Vietnamese basil seed and malva nut drink. The basil seeds (hột é) look very similar to chia seeds, but they are slightly smaller and don’t need to soak for as long. The seeds are often paired with malva nuts (đười ươi), which puffs into an algae-looking blob. It, too, has a slightly gelatinous texture and imparts a subtly earthy flavor. Both seeds have a very mild flavor, so the drink needs a little bit of sugar to give it more body.
Servings 1
Prep Time 10 mins


  • 2 tsp Vietnamese basil seeds*
  • 1-2 malva nuts*
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp sugar +/- to taste
  • ice cubes
  • 1 tsp orange blossom extract optional


  • Soak the malva nuts in about 1 cup of water for 30 minutes or so. Once the seeds have puffed up, drain and remove the outer skin and seed from the gelatinous mass.
    Malva Nuts | Basil Seeds | Plated Palate
  • Soak the basil seeds in 2 cups water for about an hour. Once they have expanded, stir in the soaked malva nuts and sugar. For some floral notes, add about a tsp of orange blossom extract. If the drink is too dense, add additional water. Serve chilled with ice cubes.
    Vietnamese Basil Seed and Malva Nut Drink | Plated Palate


*Both of these ingredients can be found at Asian grocery stores.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: Bevarage