Corn milk drink (sữa ngô/ sữa bắp)

{Weekend Herb Blogging}


One can find the most nourishing food in a mother’s kitchen, someone once told me. Wise and true. Some of the dishes I love the most come from my mother. And she doesn’t even cook that often, mind you. I have also learned a lot of home-cooked dishes from other mothers around the world. With the blossom of blogging, learning from others is so much easier. And I am grateful for that.

Recently, I came across a discussion topic, in which a mother was asking others how to make corn milk drink (sữa ngô). Her kids loved it so much, and she wanted to make the drink at home. So that her kids can experience their favourite food at home. Always better, since now it’s made with a mother’s unconditional love.

Corn milk drink (sữa ngô/ sữa bắp)

I made the drink, too, following various instructions. It is a very popular drink in southern Vietnam nowadays. Tasting it, I know why. The “milk” is mildly sweet and silky with a soft aroma and taste of corns. It is a refreshing drink when chilled, and can warm your heart if served lukewarm.

Initially I intended to make a chai version of corn milk with spices for our cold winter nights. But I have since decided against it. The flavour of corn milk is very delicate, and you don’t want to lose that.

This drink is very versatile. I have made it a few times to achieve a ratio of some sort. If you want to make it completely dairy-free, simply add more almonds, or substitute the milk with rice milk. (You can see two lovely versions of hazelnut milks at Indonesian eats and Gourmande in the kitchen).

I know this drink will be a regular in our home. And again, mothers know best!

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41 Responses to Corn milk drink (sữa ngô/ sữa bắp)

  1. Cindy says:

    yay!!! been waiting for this and can't wait to try it!!!

  2. My Little Expat Kitchen says:

    This is so original Ahn. I never would've thought to make corn milk.

  3. A Spoonful of Yumm says:

    great idea ! love it 😀 im crazy about corn

  4. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    That drink is very original! What a lovely color. I bet it tastes really good.

  5. Phuoc'n Delicious says:

    Nice one Anh! You know… I've never actually heard of this before until now. It sounds really nice, I love home-made milk and how easy it is to create different flavours

  6. leaf (the indolent cook) says:

    This sounds delicious! I can totally imagine the lovely sweetness of corn milk.

  7. La Table De Nana says:

    I love the shots.. so pretty.. It's amazing how just perusing my favorite blogs..I see much better photos than in magazines:)

  8. Sukaina says:

    I have never heard of corn milk. I do know one thing though- mother's REALLY do know best…..and know it all too!

  9. Kulsum@JourneyKitchen says:

    Wow. We make a corn halwa which is one of my favorite sweet ever so I know milk pairs really well with corn. Love this recipe!

  10. penny aka jeroxie says:

    bookmarked and making! I want that chai version too.

  11. Carolyn Jung says:

    I bet that is wonderful because corn makes the most wonderful soups that are so silky, creamy and sweet. I can just imagine it in a "milk.''

  12. chinmayie @ love food eat says:

    beautiful photos! LOVE the black background!

  13. Jennifer (Delicieux) says:

    Wow, I've never heard of corn milk. It looks and sounds delicious.

  14. pickyin @ LifeIsGreat says:

    I agree so with the learning from the world of blogging bit, like how I've never heard of corn milk until now. I think we should meet in Hanoi instead of Melbourne.

  15. Ladybird says:

    Beautiful photos, Anh! Very professional…

  16. Hannah says:

    So creative! I've never come across anything like this – I love how much the blogwrold teaches me :)

  17. Tanvi@SinfullySpicy says:

    This is such a new & original drink..I think I ll be trying this one the pictures!

  18. Dolly says:


  19. Viv says:

    we make this a lot at home too this year! my mum calls it corn juice lol. hmm mothers unconditional love indeed! :) im gonna see if i can buy some fresh corns tmr :)

  20. Soma says:

    am back and it is so nice visiting you and taking in your beautiful photographs! love corn in any form, but never ever thought of a recipe this kind. so very exquisite.

  21. Little Corner of Mine says:

    I can definitely see that this corn milk is delicious.

  22. Juliana says:

    Oh! I miss this corn drink…that is very popular in Brazil. Yours look delicious and so delicate with almonds. This is a drink that I'd love to have in my fridge.

  23. tigerfish says:

    I have not tried corn milk! I am curious how it taste. The only closest I can think of is corn dessert (corn pudding/kueh)

  24. raquel @ erecipe says:

    today I read this blog I feel something maybe because you touch my heart because it is about mothers unconditional love, I love this recipe because I know that it is really essential because Corn is rich in vitamin B constituents, especially Thiamin and Niacin.

  25. The Whimsical Wife says:

    So glad i have come across another aussie food blogger! Love your blog it's gorgeous!

  26. Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul says:

    Yummo! I've had the Central American version of this and it's just amazing Anh! And mum's do often know best!

  27. Paaka Shaale says:

    Thanks for that lovely comment Anh!!! I know you already know this. But I just can't help saying that you have a great space. I just loved the recipe and the shots of this drink. It has such a rustic and vintage feel. I am following you blindly :)

  28. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    Excellent, a new kind of milk for me to try! Thanks for the mention by the way. :-)

  29. Kaitlin says:

    What an interesting recipe… Thank you for sharing! Sounds so tasty :)

  30. shaz says:

    We used to be able to buy corn-flavoured drinks when we were growing up but I think they were artificially flavoured. This "milk" sounds delicious and delicate. Very interesting.

  31. Cristina says:

    I love how you've presented this corn milk – beautiful photography! A chai version sounds inviting too (I adore chai!).

  32. Hannah@ Bake five says:

    Wow your blog is really nice! I love it. (:

  33. Karen says:

    I've never tasted corn milk, but it sounds delicious and very comforting. Beautiful photos, Anh!

  34. Monet says:

    Mothers do know best! This drink looks and sounds so good! Thank you for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a beautiful Sunday full of laughter, love and more good food!

  35. Ellie @ Kitchen Wench says:

    Beautiful, and it sounds delightful! We have a corn drink in Korea too, but it's made with dried corn kernels instead and called a sort of 'tea'. This would be much tastier, I think!

  36. Cakebrain says:

    I have never heard of a corn milk drink until now…thanks for enlightening me! It looks good!

  37. Two fit and fun gals says:

    oh yum id love to have a jug of this sitting in the fridge for me to sip on all day :)

  38. Simona says:

    Very intriguing. I wonder what it tastes like. I like the color too.

  39. Johanna GGG says:

    I meant to read this earlier and just found it again – glad I did because it sounds amazing

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