Vietnamese grass jelly dessert (Chè sương sa hạt lựu)

Vietnamese grass jelly dessert (chè sương xa hột lựu)

I’ve made this dessert a few times to eat this summer. The grass jelly is said to bring coolness for the body and indeed I felt it when having some bites of the jelly (and yes, it’s summer). Another part of this dessert is mung bean (or yellow bean), cooked until it’s mashed. I don’t know why this mung bean can blend so well with the coconut milk. It feels so satisfying when all the ingredients come together, grass jelly, mung bean and coconut milk. Crushed ice is added to make the dessert even cooler for a summer day.

To be honest, it’s still hard for me to expect some non-Vietnamese to cook this dessert. But if you have visited Vietnam and tried this, or ‘chè’, this is a recipe that you can refer to make this delicious dessert.

Tiếng Việt phía dưới

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Vietnamese bean dessert – Chè thập cẩm

Chè thập cẩm

I made this bean dessert when inviting some friends/ ex-colleagues of mine to the house. One of them quit his job to travel a few months, but in Thailand, not Vietnam (Thailand is more open to visa issue than Vietnam). I know in Thailand, these kinds of dessert are also available, in Vietnam we call it ‘chè Thái’, we also have ‘pulut hitam’, a sweet dessert from Malaysia and Singapore, which we call it ‘chè Singapore’, or ‘bobo chacha’, which is a wrong name for a different type of Singapore ‘che’. But anyway, for anything that is sweet, served as dessert or snack, is called ‘chè’ in Vietnam, and there are dozen types of Che. (I use this link from an Italian who lived in Saigon so you know it’s also worth a try for an open westerner). The reason I made this version of che is because it comes from the central of Vietnam, which I don’t think my colleague can find in Thailand. Personally, I also like it a lot.  There is a place which sells these sweet desserts in the center of Danang, very near my high school. So we often had it after leaving school (in the afternoon or some times, even before lunch). Even though this is call dessert, Vietnamese people do not normally have this after dinner. We eat this at 4-5 in the afternoon, like a sweet snack. After dinner, we normally have fresh fruits. (Probably that’s why we are not fat :D).  Continue reading