Asian-inspired plant-based recipes

Three-Ingredient Plum Soda (Soda Xi Muoi)

Have a sweet tooth but also crave salty foods? This three-ingredient drink will satisfy all your cravings and can be made in a flash! 

Plum Soda (Soda Xi Muoi)

This drink is not aesthetically appealing but it sure as hell is delectable and highly underrated. It  is a cult favorite of many Vietnamese folks and deserves more recognition especially in the US. Plum soda is what you would order at a Vietnamese restaurant to accompany your hot bowl of Pho or any meal really. Simply put, this soda will give Sprite a run for their money if it ever went mainstream.

Chinese Pickled Plums

First of all, yes we are using Chinese pickled plums for a Vietnamese drink. Koon Chun Brand is arguably the best brand for these pickled plums in the US and can be found in any Asian grocery store. I haven’t seen any other brand that matches the taste and quality. Secondly, if we were to compare these plums for reference, I would say that it resembles Japanese umeboshi. The main difference is that the Chinese pickled plums are saltier. 

This plum soda is: 

& Wonderful


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Three-Ingredient Plum Soda (Soda Xi Muoi)

September 4, 2020
: 1
: 5 min
: Easy


  • 2 pickled plums (Plum in Brine by Koon Chun)
  • 250 ml sparkling water or club soda (unflavored)
  • 2 tbsp rock sugar syrup or regular sugar syrup
  • Ice
  • Optional
  • 1 mint sprig
  • ¼ lime (lime wedge)
  • Step 1 Heat up ½ cup of water with rock sugar or regular sugar until it boils and the sugar melts into a syrup. You can save any leftover syrup for up to a week.
  • Step 2 In a tall 10 oz. glass, add the plums and lightly break it apart with a fork to release the salty flavor.
  • Step 3 Add ice, sparkling water, sugar syrup and garnish with mint. Feel free to add the juice of a lime wedge for a tart kick.

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