Chè Thái Recipe

Lastest Updated April 21, 2024
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Vietnamese fruit cocktail with coconut milk, also known as Chè Thái, is a must-try dessert for anyone that has a sweet tooth. It consists of longan, durian, and jackfruit bites mixed with refreshing jellies. Top it all off is a delicious mixture of coconut milk and condensed milk.

If you’re looking for an exquisite Vietnamese sweet course that everyone in the family can enjoy, this recipe is an ideal choice. Let’s get right to your kitchen and make this yummy dish with me!

Vietnamese Fruit Cocktail

What Is Che Thai?

Chè, or sweet soup, is a traditional Vietnamese dessert with numerous varieties. Common ingredients in this sweet course include mung beans, kidney beans, black-eyed beans, jellies, fruits, and coconut milk. Depending on the type, Chè might be served warm or cold.

Chè Thái, one of the most popular varieties, is likely to come from a Thai dessert named Tub Tim Krob. Compared to the Thai version, Vietnamese Chè Thái contains many fruits, while Tub Tim Krob is often made with chestnuts only.

In a serving of Chè Thái, you’ll find slices and bites of tropical fruits, such as durian, longan, and jackfruit. Besides, jellies and coconut milk are essential ingredients in this tasty dessert.

Tools

The tools required to make Vietnamese fruit cocktail are surprisingly simple. Here are what you’ll need.

Tools Vietnamese Fruit Cocktail
  • Hand blender: A hand blender will help you puree the pandan leaves more easily.
  • Small pot: For cooking the jellies and fruit bites.
  • Sieve: To filter the pandan puree and the tapioca flour from the pear.
  • Bowl/tray: For putting the ingredients in.
  • Wooden spoon: For stirring and mixing the ingredients.
  • Knife and chopping board: Make sure that you use a high-quality knife and chopping board.

Ingredients

Tropical fruits, jelly powder, and coconut milk are the 3 most important ingredients of this recipe. You can usually find them in an Asian supermarket.

  • Pear: Apart from pear, you can also opt for dragon fruit, apple, etc. I choose pear because of its crispiness and sweetness.
  • Longan, durian, and jackfruit: Tropical fruits that give the dessert its unique and refreshing flavor.
  • Tapioca flour: For coating the pear bites.
  • Grass jelly powder and regular jelly powder: These slightly chewy jellies will give your Chè Thái more texture.
  • Coconut milk: The perfect liquid base for this dessert.
  • Condensed milk: Help thicken and add sweetness to the treat.
  • Sugar-free milk: To mix with coconut milk and condensed milk.
  • Strawberry syrup: Gives the pear an appealing red color and more sweetness.
  • Brown sugar: An ideal sweetener.
  • Coconut jelly: To save time, you should use store-bought coconut jelly.
  • Banana oil: A few drops of banana oil will make your jelly tastier and more aromatic.
  • Pandan leaves: For making the pandan leaf jelly.

Directions

Now that you’ve gathered the necessary ingredients, let’s start cooking. Refreshing and yummy Vietnamese fruit cocktail are waiting for you!

Step 1: Prepare The Pear Jelly

Peel and finely dice the pear. Soak it in ice-cold water for 5 minutes to prevent browning and increase crispness.

Finely Dice The Pear

Remove the pear from the water and put it into a bowl. Add 3 teaspoons of strawberry syrup to give the pear a beautiful strawberry-like color.

Add tapioca flour to the pear and mix well. Sieve to filter out the excess flour.

Tapioca Flour To The Pear

Next, boil the pear pieces until they float above the water. Take them out and transfer them to an ice bath to prevent sticking.

Boil The Pear Pieces

Step 2: Prepare The Pandan Leaf Jelly

Cut the pandan leaves finely and use a hand blender to blend them with 200 milliliters of water. Filter the juice by pouring it through a sieve.

Cut Leaf Pineapple Fine Ground

Pour 300 milliliters of water, jelly powder, brown sugar, and pandan juice into a pot. Boil the mixture until it starts bubbling, then pour it into a tray. Add a few drops of banana oil and let the mixture cool and turn solid.

Prepare The Pandan Leaf Jelly

Step 3: Prepare The Grass Jelly

Mix 250 milliliters of water with grass jelly powder and stir well.

Water With Grass

Pour the grass jelly powder mixture and 300 milliliters of water into a pot and stir well. Likewise, cook the mixture until it bubbles, and add a few drops of banana oil. Turn off the stove. Wait for the mixture to cool and turn solid.

Prepare The Grass Jelly

Step 4: Make The Coconut Milk Mixture

Remove the durian seeds. Blend the durian meat, coconut milk, condensed milk, and unsweetened milk until smooth.

Coconut Milk Mixture

Step 5: Finish Making Your Che Thai

Remove the jackfruit seeds and slice them into the preferred size. Take the pear jellies out of the ice bath. Slice the grass jelly and pandan leaf jelly into bite-sized pieces or cubes based on your preference.

Remove The Jackfruit Seeds And Slice
Slice The Grass Jelly And Pandan Leaf

Step 6: Enjoy

Pour ice or shaved ice into a glass. Fill it with pandan leaf jelly, grass jelly, pear jelly, and coconut jelly, along with longan and jackfruit. Pour the coconut milk mixture into the glass and enjoy!

Fruit Cocktail With Coconut Milk

How You Should Store The Leftovers

Pour the leftovers Chè Thái into an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 5 days. That said, I suggest consuming any leftovers you have within 2 days, as the texture of the fruits and jellies might change.

You’ve Found Your New Favorite Dessert!

Once you’ve tasted this Chè Thái recipe, it’ll be extremely difficult to find a better sweet soup. Sweet, refreshing, and easy to make, this dish is literally perfection! You should make it as soon as you have the time.

What are your thoughts on today’s recipe? Please share them with me by leaving a comment below. If you find this post helpful, remember to share and like it! That’s it from me. See you again soon with more mouth-watering recipes!

Vietnamese Fruit Cocktail With Coconut Milk Recipe

Vietnamese Fruit Cocktail With Coconut Milk

Satisfy your craving for delicious desserts with this Chè Thái or Vietnamese fruit cocktail with coconut milk recipe. Your sweet course doesn’t get any better than this!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 614kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pear
  • 300 grams longan
  • 250 grams durian
  • 200 grams jackfruit
  • 200 grams tapioca flour
  • 25 grams grass jelly powder
  • 12 grams jelly powder
  • 150 milliliters coconut milk
  • 150 milliliters condensed milk
  • 350 milliliters sugar-free milk
  • 3 teaspoons strawberry syrup
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 bag of coconut jelly
  • Banana oil
  • Pandan leaves

Instructions 

  • Peel and finely dice the pear. Soak it in ice-cold water for 5 minutes.
    Finely Dice The Pear
  • Mix the pear bites with 3 tablespoons of strawberry syrup and tapioca flour.
    Tapioca Flour To The Pear
  • Boil the pears until they float above the water.
    Boil The Pear Pieces
  • Take them out and transfer them to an ice bath.
  • Cut the pandan leaves finely and use a hand blender to puree them with 200 milliliters of water.
  • Pour the juice through a sieve to filter.
    Cut Leaf Pineapple Fine Ground
  • Pour 300 milliliters of water, jelly powder, brown sugar, and pandan juice into a pot.
    Prepare The Pandan Leaf Jelly
  • Boil the mixture until it starts bubbling, then pour it into a tray.
  • Add a few drops of banana oil and let cool. The liquid will turn solid.
  • Mix 250 milliliters of water and grass jelly powder and stir well.
    Water With Grass
  • Mix the grass jelly powder mixture with 300 milliliters of water.
  • Cook the mixture until it bubbles, and add a few drops of banana oil.
  • Remove from the heat and wait for the mixture to cool and solidify.
    Prepare The Grass Jelly
  • To make the coconut milk mixture, blend the durian meat, 150 milliliters of coconut milk, 150 milliliters of condensed milk, and 350 milliliters of unsweetened milk until smooth.
    Coconut Milk Mixture
  • Slice the jackfruit and jellies into preferred sizes.
    Remove The Jackfruit Seeds And Slice
  • Slice The Grass Jelly And Pandan Leaf
  • Serve your Chè Thái with ice or shaved ice and fresh fruits.
    Fruit Cocktail With Coconut Milk

Video

Notes

  • Pair this refreshing dessert with roasted peanuts, coconut meat, and other fruits that you like.

Nutrition

Calories: 614kcal | Carbohydrates: 121g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 1020mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 223IU | Vitamin C: 86mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 2mg
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Saigon Culinary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Program: Diploma in Culinary Arts
  • Focus: Vietnamese and Asian cuisines with intensive training and hands-on approach.

Vietnam Australia Vocational School (VAAC), Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Program: Bartender
  • Focus: Basic knowledge on how to store, preserve and select ingredients, and practice cocktails, mocktails, hot and cold drinks.

Richie, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is a dynamic Content Writer with a talent for capturing the essence of culinary art.

Richie specializes in creating visually appealing and tasty content, offering a new angle on Vietnamese and other culinary traditions. With a background in graphic design and a love for food styling and photography, he expertly combines beauty with food narratives, encouraging his audience to discover the culinary world through his imaginative perspective.

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