As the weather in Vietnam is turning up the heat, one of the most favorite desserts during the hot summer months of Vietnamese is Che (Vietnamese sweet soup). A special thing is that from North to South of Vietnam, Che has different types featuring the regional flavors of each region.
If you are wondering what to eat in Vietnam, let’s explore different kinds of Che with us!
Che is a Vietnamese word describing any traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, which can available in the form of pudding, or as a plain drink. It can be made from beans, milk, tapioca, fruit, coconut cream, glutinous rice and last but not least, plenty of sugar. Che is a famous Vietnam street food so it could be found easily at various stalls along the roadside. Below are some of the most popular types of Che in three regions of Vietnam:
1. Che in Northern Vietnam
Black bean sweet soup (Chè đỗ đen)
Sweet black bean soup is one of the most favorable desserts in summer for Vietnamese people. Black bean is the only ingredient needed so it is quite easy to cook this soup. Then black beans will be simmered for hours with sugar. Normally, black jelly and coconut are added to the soup to make it more appetizing.
Black bean sweet soup
Vietnamese sweet ginger rice (Chè con ong)
Because its spicy taste of ginger truly suits with the cold weather in Tet Holiday, this dessert is quite popular in Northern Vietnam. Different from other types of Che, Che con ong features the appearance of sticky rice but a little bit softer. It is one of the most special dishes in Vietnam cuisine that you should not miss.
Vietnamese sweet ginger rice
Sweet Glutinous Rice Dumplings (Chè Trôi Nước)
Chè trôi nước is a kind of sweet glutinous rice dumpling, filled with mung bean paste and cooked in sweet ginger syrup. It is served hot, topped with white sesame and coconut milk. The sweet flavor of rice dumpling and an aromatic ginger fragrance make it a delicious sweet soup.
Sweet Glutinous Rice Dumplings
2. Che in Central Vietnam
Lotus seed and Longan sweet soup (Chè hạt sen long nhãn)
This kind of Che gives us a light and elegant sweetness. Lotus seeds are simmered in sugar for long hours, then cooked with longans, which is a Southeast Asian fruit similar to lychees. This dessert is very good for health and can help you to sleep soundly.
Lotus seed and Longan sweet soup
Rice Balls with Roasted Pork Filling Sweet Soup (Chè Bột Lọc nhân Heo Quay)
Rice Balls with Roasted Pork Filling Sweet Soup is a special dessert in Hue cuisine. Rice balls are made from cassava powder. Inside the rice ball is a piece of roasted pork, creating both sweetness and saltiness for the soup. This dessert should be enjoyed when it is still hot.
Rice Balls with Roasted Pork Filling Sweet Soup
Purple Yam Sweet Soup (Chè khoai môn tím)
Thanks to its unique purple color and delicious taste, Purple Yam Sweet Soup is a favorite type of Che in Central Vietnam. The sweet soup is mainly made from purple taro and coconut water, then simmered under low heat until it becomes a condensed mixture. Last but not least, a small amount of sugar is added to balance the taste.
Purple Yam Sweet Soup
3. Che in Southern Vietnam
Sweet potato, Taro and Cassava Dessert (Chè Bà Ba)
Che bà ba is a typical Southern Vietnamese dessert, which contains several ingredients, including square pieces of taro, cassava, and long sweet potato. All of these ingredients are then cooked in coconut milk, decorated with translucent tapioca pearls, and topped with roasted sesame or minced peanuts. Its creamy and sweet flavor makes will definitely satisfy your appetite!
Sweet potato, Taro and Cassava Dessert
Pomelo sweet soup (Chè bưởi)
Chè bưởi is a typical food that Vietnamese like to eat when it comes to summer. It is amazing idea to enjoy a bowl of chè bưởi in the excessively high temperature. The sweetness of coconut milk and mung bean, along with a little crispy of pomelo meat creating a spectacular dessert that you can never forget. This is the reason why it becomes one of the top street foods in Vietnam.
Pomelo sweet soup
Banana Sweet Soup (Chè chuối)
The dish simply contains banana and coconut milk. It is served hot as the hot coconut milk is poured on top of the steamed bananas. Its texture is incredibly soft, rich and creamy with the addictive taste of banana slices and coconut milk.
Banana Sweet Soup