Just Chè (Dessert!)

Last Sunday my wife and had dinner with my parents and my mom had made a chè trái cây, a fruit dessert. My wife loved it! And so she wanted to make it herself.

In Vietnamese culture, all desserts are called “chè”. I had mentioned to my wife there were hundreds, if not thousands, of possible chè recipes – she didn’t believe me until she googled “chè” and was not happy that she could not find the particular recipe.

Chè is generally a drink dessert, it can be a pudding or sometimes a soup. The intent of chè is to “cool” your body down after having a meal that often consists of “hot” foods, typically meats or spicy food. (For a better explanation of this, google ‘cold and hot foods’)

So here is our chè trái cây recipe!


1 Can of Lychee in Syrup
1 Can of Jackfruit in Syrup
1 Can of Longan in Syrup
1 Can of Toddy Palm Seeds
1 Package of Green Coconut Pudding
1 Package of Conjac Jelly or Coconut Jelly
1 Cup of Water
1 Cup of Milk (1% or 2% or Skim is fine)
1/2 Tbsp. Sugar

The Ingredients! YUM!

1. Prepare the Coconut Pudding

The most time consuming part of making chè trái cây is having to make the green coconut pudding.
Follow the instructions on the package and it should take 1 – 2 hours for the pudding to set.

My wife mixing the coconut pudding mixture

After the coconut pudding has set, cut up the pudding into squares or rectangles so that we can mix it together with the other fruit and syrup.

2. Add the fruit and coconut pudding into a bowl

This next part is simple, add the coconut pudding and the syrup of the canned fruits into a bowl (DO NOT ADD THE TODDY PALM JUICE INTO THE BOWL – DISCARD IT – it is pretty nasty stuff).

Slice the longan and lychee in half and put them into the bowl, cut the jackfruit into thin slices and cut the toddy palms into thin slices.
Discard the syrup of the coconut jelly and add the coconut jelly into the mix.

All mixed together! It's a Vietnamese fruit cocktail!

3. Add the water and milk.

Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of milk to the mix. You do not necessarily need to add the milk, it does nothing for the flavour – it is purely esthetic.
Add 1/2 a tbsp of sugar and mix the cocktail.

Ready to serve! Or store in the refrigerator

VOILA! You are now done and ready to serve the dessert! The dessert will hold for a few days in an air-tight container in the fridge.
This is a fairly quick and easy dessert to make or it is a great dessert to make for crowds and is fairly inexpensive considering the portion of the servings.


Enjoy! Until next time!


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