If you learn Vietnamese, chè can be a very familiar word to you. Chè or you can call it sweet soup in English is a traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, usually served in a glass over ice and eaten with a spoon.
Chè is gelatinous. Varieties of it made with black-eyed peas, jelly, fruit (longan, mango, durian, lychee, …) and coconut cream. Other types are made with salt, seaweed, lotus seed, sesame seed, taro and so on. Chè is cooked in water and sweetened with sugar. In Southern Vietnam, it is often garnish with coconut cream.
Each variety of chè is designated by a descriptive word that follows the word chè. For example “chè đậu đen”. Chè may be made at home but it is commonly sold in plastic cups on the street.
Here are some typical traditional varieties of chè:
- Chè đậu đen: made from black beans
- Chè đậu huyết: made from red beans
- Chè đậu trắng: made from black-eyed peas
- Chè đậu xanh: made from whole mung beans
- Chè cốm: made from young rice
- Chè khoai môn: made from taro
- Chè chuối: made from bananas
- Chè Thái: a sweet soup which uses a variety of tropical fruits
To eat chè, you should take a spoon and stir your ingredients together. If you are interested in trying these desserts while studying Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City, you can check them out at these locations:
– 380 Nguyen Tri Phuong, D. 10, HCMC.
– 111 Bui Thi Xuan, Pham Ngu Lao D. 1 ,HCMC.
– 33 Dinh Tien Hoang, Binh Thanh D,HCMC.