Chè Sương Sa Hạt Lựu – Rainbow Dessert
Price Range: 10,000- 15,000 VND/ serving (approx. $0.45- $0.68)
Made from agar jelly, mock pomegranate seeds, mung bean paste and coconut milk, “chè sương sa hạt lựu” will not only refresh your body, but will also provide you with a good source of energy, to help you beat the relentlessly hot and humid summer days in Vietnam. Mock pomegranate seeds are vividly-colored seeds, made of water chestnut, diced into small cubes and coated with tapioca scratch.
Eating these pomegranate seeds is very fun, as they’re crunchy inside but chewy on the outside thanks to the tapioca cover. Agar jelly, on the other hand, brings you a fresher feeling. It’s cool, slightly sweet and crunchy and soft, and it blends perfectly with the smooth, creamy coconut milk. Agar contains no sugar, no fat, no carbohydrates and is very high in fiber.
“Chè” is a general Vietnamese word to describe any traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, which is usually available in the form of pudding, or as a plain drink. It tends to incorporate fruit, vegetables, beans, seeds, glutinous rice and tapioca powder, and is often topped with coconut milk.