Is your love life missing a zing? When you visit Vietnam, try these foods and drinks to be potent in bed.

Vietnam is famous for its simple, delicious but healthy cuisine which includes a lot of veggies. For many travelers, indulging in the paradise of street foods like Pho, Nem, Cha Ca, Bun Bo Hue, Nem Cuon is one of the must-do activities when they visit the country. But a few people know that Vietnamese food isn’t only healthy, but also good for your sex life (At least, Vietnamese people think so. And some of them are proved to be true!).

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1. Minh Mang Wine

Minh Mang was an emperor of the Nguyen dynasty in the early 19th century. He is reported to father 142 children from 43 wives, thanks to a secret royal medicine which was infused with 25 to 30 different herbs. Minh Mang Wine is believed to boost your sex drive as strong as it did with the emperor. It isn’t too spicy and tastes slightly smoky.

Hue city is where this wine originally comes from because it was the capital of the Nguyen dynasty. Head to any restaurant in this city and order Minh Mang wine to experience its miraculous effect.

2. Snake Wine

Though Western medicine doesn’t endorse it, Viet people believe that snake wine loaded with Yang energy is legendary aphrodisiac which increases a man’s sexual stamina. Therefore, prepare to be surprised if you see a big glass jar with a whole ‘live’ snake drowned into traditional rice wine in some restaurants. They store this jar in a cool place to ferment the snake for at least three months before drinking it to have a better performance in the bed.

Le Mat, an ancient part of Hanoi that’s known as “Snake Village,” is the place that many Vietnamese men come for snake wine. The village gets its name from the fact that it’s full of snake restaurants. On one of them, Gordon Ramsay tried to eat beating heart of a snake on the season 2 of series Gordon’s Great Escape when he went through four of South East Asia’s most exciting culinary destinations: Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

3. Fertilized duck egg

Whatever its name, fertilized duck egg or balut, it’s basically a hard-boiled egg with a partially formed duck fetus inside. This street food is very popular in Vietnam as well as in many other parts of Southeast Asia. Packed with 182 calories each, 82mg of calcium, 212grams of phosphorus, 600mg of cholesterol, a load of beta-carotene, iron, vitamins A, B, and C, with only 13.6 grams of protein, it’s a medicine to strengthen your immune system, nourish your blood, and boost your libido. With all these benefits, the fertilized duck egg is a delicacy for good reason if you’re adventurous enough to swallow an unborn duck.

Although Hanoi has only boiled fertilized duck eggs which are served with salt, pepper, vinegar, and chili pepper, Saigon has many other options to choose as Stir-fried Fertilized Duck Egg with Tamarind Sauce,  Stir-fried Fertilized Duck Egg with Fish Sauce and Scallion, Roasted Fertilized Duck Egg with Chili Salt, and Fried Taco Fertilized Duck Egg.

4. Goat Meat

Loaded with all the required healthy nutrients for the body in high amounts but much lower fat and cholesterol, goat meat is a healthier alternative to beef, pork, and lamb. Viet people have their reason to believe goat meat is a natural Viagra. It contains torpedo and bile which enhances the ability of male sexuality. Besides that, B group vitamins, selenium, and choline in goat meat reduce the risk of getting cancer; low saturated fat helps in controlling weight. Goat meat contains low sodium level and high potassium level, so it’s safe for your heart. It also provides better nourishment to your bones and hair, keeps your blood sugar under control, maintains your thyroid gland’s function and prevents from the early aging as it protects from the free radicals. Thus, there is no reason for not trying this nutritional food when you are in Vietnam, especially when you visit Ninh Binh, home to delicious goat dishes such as Steamed Goat, Roasted Goat, Goat Salad, Stir-Fried Goat With Lemongrass, and Goat Hot Pot.

5. Lychee

Small, round with a tough reddish-brown outer shell, this fruit can provide the spark for your lack of sexual appetite. Lychee, in oriental medicine, is a warm Yang food and thought to replenish Qi and encourage blood circulation which is the mother of erections. Peel the shell, enjoy its juicy, fleshy fruit to help improve digestive function and insomnia, prevent impotence and premature ejaculation and in turn, improve your self-esteem and sex life.

Lychee is a special fruit of Northern Vietnam. It has in July only. Visit Vietnam in summer to take advantage of its benefit.

 6. Raw oyster

I know you’ve tried oyster many times. You grill it, steam it, or roast it with garlic, but we are talking about eating the raw oyster. Rich in zinc, raw oyster helps increase sperm and testosterone production. Oyster also contains dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps to build up your libido. Thus, it’s worth to try.

All the seafood restaurants around Vietnam (especial beach cities like Nha Trang, Phan Thiet, Phu Quoc, and Da Nang which are famous for fresh seafood) serve this dish because the locals love it. Raw oysters are opened and placed on a bed of crushed ice. To eat, you take your fork or spoon and move the oyster around to make sure the meat is free from the shell. Squeeze fresh lemon onto them, wait for some seconds before eating. Chewing is an essential part of tasting a raw oyster. Its meat is sweet, melon, copper, chewy, and soft. If you rush to slurp it down, you are missing half of the tasty experience.

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