Chè Ba Màu – Vietnamese Three Color Dessert

Chè ba màu is a refreshing ice slush, with a contrast of soft beans and bouncy jelly bites and topped with layers of rich coconut sauce. You can make all the layers ahead of time and combine them when you’re craving a refreshing and sweet dessert. Chè ba màu in Vietnamese translates to “three color dessert,” and is similar to…

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Pandan Waffle Recipe (Bánh Kẹp Lá Dứa)

Any waffle lover can attest to the intoxicating aroma of waffles hot off the iron. This pandan waffle recipe takes it up a notch (and in a Vietnamese / southeast Asian direction) with its sweet aromatic smell of pandan, rich coconutty taste, chewy mochi center, and a crispy outside texture. Not to be confused with recipes like my bánh kẹp,…

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Vietnamese Yogurt Recipe (Sữa Chua/Da Ua)

Why buy store bought yogurt when you can make this sweet, tangy, and fresh Vietnamese yogurt recipe at home for a fraction of the price? Even though I can go to local Vietnamese stores like Bánh Mì Chè Cali (or Hien Khanh, who seems to have stopped selling it) who supply fresh yogurt nearby, making it at home is easy…

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Chè Thái Recipe (Vietnamese Fruit Cocktail)

A spoonful of sweet lychee bites, jackfruit slices, chewy jellies, and ice cold coconut milk, sounds refreshing doesn’t it? Chè Thái is more than just a sweet soup or fruit cocktail, it’s a dessert that packs in a lot of flavor in just one bite. Luckily, this dessert is super simple to make because the use of canned tropical fruit…

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Che Bap Recipe – Vietnamese Corn, Pandan, Rice & Coconut Dessert

99% sure I get it from my mom, but I’m a control freak. A huge benefit I like with home cooking is control. You can control everything: the process, timing, ingredient proportions, quality of ingredients, cleanliness. Everything. I love eating out at restaurants, but control over all the little details pulls me back into cooking at home, just like with…

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Bánh Kẹp Recipe – Pandan Pizzelles

It’s a sneaky little trick ice cream shops use to churn out fresh waffle cones, luring unsuspecting passers by with the aroma. The smell is amazing and often makes me forget about the original reason for visiting the shop. This bánh kẹp lá dứa recipe from my mom will let you fill your home with that same aroma and put…

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Vietnamese Banana, Coconut & Tapioca Dessert (Chè Chuối)

Chè chuối is a warm, Vietnamese pudding-like dessert featuring bananas and rich coconut cream. You can easily make this at home in less than an hour! Chè in Vietnamese, refers to sweet desserts which are liquid such as drinks, pudding, or even types of ‘soup.’ So chè chuối you could say is a type of pudding, made of coconut cream, tapioca pearls and bananas.…

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Pandan Sticky Rice Recipe (Xoi La Dua)

This pandan sticky rice dessert, or xoi la dua, is great blend of sweet, salty, and nutty flavors. Glutinous rice is used for this, not just regular rice that you can make sticky! The main flavor comes from pandan leaves, which is found in many Vietnamese desserts. These leaves have a wonderful, intoxicating aroma I’d say is a contender among my other favorites like…

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Sesame Balls Recipe (Vietnamese Bánh Cam)

If you’re looking for dessert on the richer side, something deep fried never fails to deliver. This sesame balls recipe (Vietnamese bánh cam) delivers with a crispy golden glutinous rice outer shell, filled with sweet mung beans, and covered in white sesame seeds. My grandmother was a child raising machine. As if raising nine of her own kids wasn’t enough…

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Champorado (Filipino Chocolate Rice Pudding) Recipe

Champorado is a kind of chocolate rice pudding eaten in the Philippines. This is not to be confused with the Mexican champurrado, which is more of a hot chocolate drink. I had a roommate a while back that was freaking out with excitement when she discovered a pot of this was cooking up in the kitchen. It’s a rare treat around here,…

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