Banana Tapioca Pudding (Che Chuoi) is an excellent Vietnamese warm dessert for winter. The creamy sweet coconut soup, fruity scent of bananas, and slightly chewy tapioca pearls are some of the things to like about this delicious dessert.
Vietnamese Sweet Soups (Che)
One of the most common desserts in Vietnam is sweet soup (or che in Vietnamese). It doesn’t require any complicated or fancy equipment to make as many Western desserts. We usually simmer beans, fruits or seeds in water or coconut milk with sugar to create delicate sweet soups. Most sweet soups can be enjoyed either warm or cold though I find that some of them are particularly better when warm and vice versa.
Banana Tapioca Pudding (Che Chuoi)
Banana Tapioca Pudding (Che Chuoi) is a simple and dairy-free sweet soup of Southern Vietnam. Its texture is thick and creamy, somewhat like Western pudding. To make it, you only need a saucepan and simple main ingredients which are ripe bananas, coconut milk, small tapioca pearls, sugar and roasted peanuts.
It’s best to use ripe bananas because we need to infuse the soup with banana scent and natural sweetness. Though ripe, the bananas should still feel firm so that they can maintain their shape in the soup. Since the dish has a lot of bananas, we only need to use a small amount of sugar. Vietnamese sweet soups are usually not so sweet and utilize the natural sweetness of ingredients.