Summer will be here in the mid-Atlantic states in just a few weeks. We are starting to feel the heat of the weather now. It will be getting hotter and hotter. It would be getting hotter and hotter. It would be great to eat something that makes you feel cool. Besides ice cream, there are some other things that can make you cool in summer such as coconut, smoothies, ice coffee, etc. Today, I want to introduce to you one of Vietnamese deserts that is really good for people in summer. It is called Chè Thái.
Chè Thái is a Vietnamese interpretation of Thai desert. It is a combination of coconut milk, half and half, and pandan flavorings. Pandan leaves will give you green color with flavor that is similar to vanilla flavor. You can find pandan leaves at Asian supermarkets.
This is a picture of pandan leaves.
Here is the recipe:
- 1 ½ cups cubed pandan flavored Vietnamese jelly
- 1 ½ cups cubed Vietnamese coconut jelly
- 4 cups milk
- 4 cups half and half
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 (14-ounce) can green grass jelly, cubed
- 1 (20-ounce) can longans in light syrup, halved
- 1 (20-ounce) can lychees in light syrup, halved
- 1 (24-ounce) jar nata de coco (coco gel)
- 1 (24-ounce) jar sugar palm fruit (palm seeds)
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the milk, half and half and coconut milk. Mix well.
- Add the drained longans and lychees, grass jelly, nata de coco, sugar palm fruit and a little bit of both the longan and lychee syrup.
- Allow to chill for 1 hour in the refrigerator. The milk will become light green.
- When serving, add ice shavings.
Chè Thái is easy to make, isn’t it? You will have great time with your family members when making it, and then everyone can enjoy sweet and coolness of a cup of Chè Thái. This desert is very popular in my country, and adults and children really love it. I love it too.
Hope you love it!
Submitted by Trinh Hang