“Chè” – 10 Must Try Vietnamese Sweet Desserts

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“Chè” may be a general Vietnamese word to explain any traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, which is typically available within the sort of pudding, or as a clear drink. It tends to include fruit, vegetables, beans, seeds, glutinous rice, and tapioca powder and is usually topped with coconut milk. although “chè” is mildly sweet and doesn’t always have the foremost appealing look, most people are totally passionate about this unforgettable quite sweet treat. When enjoying traditional Vietnamese cuisine, you should definitely not forget Che. There are numerous sorts of “chè” to create a listing, but here are the 10 tastiest Vietnamese desserts which will you shouldn’t miss when visiting Vietnam – all tasted and described by our local Hanoian, Gia Han!

Chè Long Nhãn Hạt Sen – Logan and Lotus Seed Sweet Soup

  • Form: Drink
  • Serve: Warm or Cold
  • Price Range: 10,000- 35,000 VND/ serving (approx. $0.45- $1.68)

“Chè long nhãn hạt sen” was started in Hue, the former capital of Vietnam. Its pure look, along with its light sweet taste and numerous health benefits, has made “chè long nhãn hạt sen” one of the most popular desserts among locals. Preparing the dessert is not very difficult, but it requires plenty of care and patience. At first,  you have to remove the seeds from ripe longan fruit, using a sharp-pointed knife. This needs to be done gently, in order to avoid tearing any of the longan’s flesh. Then you have to fill them with lotus seeds and cook them with some sugar. You’ll fall in love with the thick juicy longan, the soft, aromatic lotus seeds, and the wonderfully refreshing sweet soup. People in Southern Vietnam tend to make this dessert with dried longan as the dried fruit can be found all year round.

Many people enjoy this dessert cold with ice and some drops of grapefruit flower oil, but it is also delicious when served warm, or at room temperature. It is believed that consuming this dessert frequently will help you calm your nerves, reduce your stress and fatigue levels, and it may also improve your quality of sleep.

Chè Long Nhãn Hạt Sen – Logan and Lotus Seed Sweet Soup

Chè Long Nhãn Hạt Sen – Logan and Lotus Seed Sweet Soup

Chè Ba Màu – Three Color Dessert

  • Form: Drink
  • Serve: Cold
  • Price Range: 8,000- 20,000 VND/ serving (approx. $0.36- $0.9)

Literally translated as “the three-color desert”, the main ingredients of “chè ba màu” include three types of colored beans and jelly, covered with slightly sweetened coconut milk. Kidney beans, mung bean paste, and green jelly are all commonly used to create the red, yellow, and green colors of this snack. These yummy desserts are usually served in colorful layers, and then mixed up when eaten. “chè ba màu” is quite popular in Vietnam because of its pretty look and its sweet, refreshing taste. There is nothing more enjoyable on a summer day than enjoying a glass of a vibrantly colorful dessert! “Chè ba màu” is quite popular in Vietnam and can be found in most Vietnamese restaurants, street vendors, and dessert shops.

Chè Ba Màu – Three Color Dessert

Chè Ba Màu – Three Color Dessert

Chè Chuối – Banana with Sago Pearls and Coconut Milk Sweet Soup

  • Form: Condensed Soup
  • Serve: Warm
  • Price Range: 10,000- 30,000 VND/ cup (approx. $0.4 – $1.35)

“Chè chuối” could be a delicious daily sweet dessert made up of a kind of flavorful banana called “chuối xiêm”. Cooked in coconut milk with sago pearls, “chè chuối” contains a sweet and creamy flavor, a delicate banana scent, and appears like pudding. a little bit of roasted peanut topping counterbalances “Chè chuối”’s creamy flavor, and adds a splash of color to the dessert.

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Chè chuối – Source: katies test kitchen

Chè Trôi Nước – Sweet Glutinous Rice Dumplings

  • Form: Condensed Soup
  • Serve: Warm
  • Price Range: 10,000- 30,000 VND/ serving (approx. $0.4- $1.35)

“Chè trôi nước” is a kind of glutinous rice dumpling, filled with mung bean paste and cooked in sweet ginger syrup. This dessert’s name literally means “floating on water” because when boiled, the balls rise from the bottom of the pot to the soup’s surface. “Chè trôi nước” are served hot, topped with white sesame and occasionally with some coconut milk. Because of the meaning of its name, which can be loosely translated to ‘fulfillment’, “chè trôi nước” is often eaten on the first birthday of a child, and during other traditional holidays. Its texture is similar to Japanese mochi and Chinese tangyuan, because of the chewy and gummy rice, which covers the soft and savory mung bean paste underneath. The golden gooey syrup adds a sweet flavor and an aromatic ginger fragrance to the super-delicious sweet soup!

Chè Trôi Nước – Sweet Glutinous Rice Dumplings

Chè Trôi Nước Source: Candy Can Cook

Chè Sương Sa Hạt Lựu – Rainbow Dessert

  • Form: Drink
  • Serve: Cold
  • Price Range: 10,000- 25,000 VND/ serving (approx. $0.45- $1.18)

Made from agar jelly, mock pomegranate seeds, mung bean paste, and coconut milk, “Chè Sương Sa hạt lựu” will not only refresh your body but will also provide you with a good source of energy, to help you beat the relentlessly hot and humid summer days in Vietnam. Mock pomegranate seeds are vividly colored seeds, made of water chestnut, diced into small cubes, and coated with tapioca scratch. Eating these pomegranate seeds is very fun, as they’re crunchy inside but chewy on the outside thanks to the tapioca cover. Agar jelly, on the other hand, brings you a fresher feeling. It’s cool, slightly sweet and crunchy, and soft, and it blends perfectly with the smooth, creamy coconut milk. Agar contains no sugar, no fat, no carbohydrates and is very high in fiber.

Chè Sương Sa Hạt Lựu – Rainbow Dessert

Chè Sương Sa Hạt Lựu – Rainbow Dessert

Chè Bà Ba – Sweet potato, Taro and Cassava Dessert

  • Form: Condensed Soup
  • Serve: Warm or Cold
  • Price Range: 8,000- 20,000 VND/ serving (approx. $0.36- $0.9)

“Chè bà ba” is a typical Southern Vietnamese dessert, which contains a variety of ingredients. This delicious dessert is made with square pieces of taro, cassava, and long sweet potato, well-cooked in coconut milk, and decorated with translucent tapioca pearls. Its creamy flavor and lingering sweetness make “chè bà ba” a wonderful snack for both hot and cold days! This already delicious dessert can become even more flavorful when topped with roasted sesame or minced peanuts.

Chè Bà Ba – Sweet potato, Taro and Cassava Dessert

Chè Bà Ba – Sweet potato, Taro and Cassava Dessert

Chè Bắp – Vietnamese Sweet Corn Pudding

  • Form: Pudding
  • Serve: Warm or Cold
  • Price Range: 8,000- 10,000 VND/ serving (approx. $0.36- $0.45)

“Chè bắp” is a typical Vietnamese pudding, or dessert soup, made with sweet corn, glutinous rice, and is often topped with thick, syrupy coconut milk and toasted sesame seeds. It can be eaten warm or cold, as a snack, at any hour of the day! The natural sweetness of corn combines with the creamy coconut milk in a chewy texture of glutinous rice, a combination that makes for a very lovely summer treat.

Chè Bắp – Vietnamese Sweet Corn Pudding

Chè Bắp – Vietnamese Sweet Corn Pudding

Chè Thái – Vietnamese Fruit Cocktail

  • Form: Condensed Soup
  • Serve: Warm or Cold
  • Price Range: 8,000- 10,000 VND/ serving (approx. $0.36- $0.45)

Chè Thái could be a Vietnamese version of the same Thai dessert named “Tub Tim Krop,” a dish that’s a mixture of water chestnuts and coconut milk. The water chestnuts are coated in red food color, covered in tapioca starch, and boiled, which provides the chestnuts a shiny crimson shade that resembles its nickname as “red rubies.”

Chè Thái - Vietnamese Fruit Cocktail

Chè Thái – Vietnamese Fruit Cocktail

Chè Khúc bạch – Vietnamese Panna Cotta

  • Form: Condensed Soup
  • Serve: Warm or Cold
  • Price Range: 8,000- 10,000 VND/ serving (approx. $0.36- $0.45)

“Chè khúc bạch” resembles panna cotta in some way but is distinguished with its lychee soup, mildly sweet and really refreshing. This delicate dessert also includes roasted sliced almonds, adding an even more aromatic flavor. Besides lychee, you’ll customize your “khúc bạch” bowl with many fresh fruit toppings like jackfruit, strawberry, kiwi, etc. the chances are near endless!

Chè Khúc bạch - Vietnamese Panna Cotta

Chè Khúc bạch – Vietnamese Panna Cotta

Chè Xoài – Delicious Sweet from the Mango

  • Form: Condensed Soup
  • Serve: Warm or Cold
  • Price Range: 10,000- 20,000 VND/ serving (approx. $0.4- $0.85)

“Chè Xoài” is sweet and sour with the sour taste of mango, the softness of “bột báng”, and most interestingly, sip a few pieces of fresh and delicious mango to help the family members cool off on a summer day.

“Chè Xoài” originated in Hong Kong, the owner boldly brought the recipe to mix, plus a little creativity. “Chè Xoài” is made from ripe yellow mangoes, half of the juice is pressed, the rest of the mango is diced, and then cooked with jelly.

In small bowls, the mango is left to cool overnight, frozen like jelly, shiny and cool to the eye. The creation here is the layer of full cream milk that is cleverly sprinkled on the surface of the tea bowl. Using a small spoon, cut a piece of “Chè Xoài”, feel the cool taste of freshly ground mango, the greasy and sweet taste of milk, diners can eat forever without getting bored…

Chè Xoài - Delicious Sweet from the Mango

Chè Xoài – Delicious Sweet from the Mango

Vietnamese sweets including Che, are not only a refreshing treat on a balmy day but an adventure in texture and flavour. So it is no surprise that there are 4 of Vietnamese Che was promoted at 15 sweet snacks you must taste on your travels in Vietnam. (Source). If you can’t enjoy all of the Vietnamese desserts in the list above, at least try one

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Hi, I'm Gia Han. I study pharmacist but currently only do housework and handmade cosmetics. I also have a little knowledge about informatics like Wordpress, Joomla, or SEO, but only at the level of use, I cannot be a teacher. The articles I write are based on my own experience and actual use. There will be errors or not, but if you find any errors, please message me to correct them. Contact me here.