Southern Vietnam: Chè Bắp

Restaurant: Cam Huong
City: Union City, CA

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Chè bắp is a Southern Vietnamese chè, made from corn (bắp), tapioca rice pudding, and coconut cream.

Chè is a Vietnamese term that refers to any traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, dessert soup or pudding. Referred to colloquially as three color drink, varieties of chè are made with mung beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, tapioca, jelly (clear or grass), fruit (longan, mango, durian, lychee, or jackfruit), and coconut cream. Other types are made with ingredients such as salt, aloe vera, seaweed, lotus seed, sesame seed, sugar palm seeds, taro, cassava, and pandan leaf extract. (Wikipedia)

Chè can be hot, warm, or cold. They are sold as street food, served at restaurants, and made at home. In Vietnamese communities abroad, there are even cafeteria-like chè bars where you can point to various cooked ingredients and the clerk will combine them in a cup for you to eat in or takeaway. Look for chè at Vietnamese banh mi sandwich shops too; they’re typically sold in plastic see-through cups. (Viet World Kitchen)

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