Chè Long Nhãn Hạt Sen – Logan and Lotus Seed Sweet Soup
- Form: Drink
- Serve: Warm or Cold
- Price Range: 10,000- 15,000 VND/ serving (approx. $0.45- $0.68)
“Chè long nhãn hạt sen” was started in Hue, the former capital of Vietnam. Its pure look, along with its light sweet taste and numerous healt benefits, has made “chè long nhãn hạt sen” one of the most popular dessert amongs locals. Preparing the dessert is not very difficult, but it requires plenty of care and patience. At first, you have to remove the seeds from ripe longan fruit, using a sharp-pointed knife.
This needs to be done gently, in order to avoid tearing any of the longan’s flesh. Then you have to fill them with lotus seeds, and cook them with some sugar. You’ll fall in love with the thick juicy longan, the soft, aromatic lotus seeds and the wonderfully refreshing sweet soup. People in Southern Vietnam tend to make this dessert with dried longan as the dried fruit can be found all year round.
Many people enjoy this dessert cold with ice and some drops of grapefruit flower oil, but it is also delicious when served warm, or at room temperature. It is believed that consuming this dessert frequently will help you calm your nerves, reduce your stress and fatigue levels, and it may also improve your quality of sleep.