Plastic containers of chè đậu trắng, a variety of chè made from black-eyed peas, in an Asian grocery store
Type Soup or pudding
Course Dessert
Place of origin Vietnam
Cookbook: Chè  Media: Chè

Chè (Vietnamese pronunciation: [cɛ̂]) is a Vietnamese term that refers to any traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, dessert soup or pudding. Varieties of Chè are made with mung beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, tapioca, jelly (clear or grass), fruit (longan, mango, durian, lychee or jackfruit), and coconut cream. Other types are made with ingredients such as salt, aloe vera, seaweed, lotus seed, sesame seed, sugar palm seeds, taro, cassava and pandan leaf extract. Some varieties, such as chè trôi nước, may also include dumplings. Chè are often prepared with one of a number of varieties of beans, tubers, and/or glutinous rice, cooked in water and sweetened with sugar. In southern Vietnam, chè are often garnished with coconut creme.

The preparations are named with the addition of qualifying adjectives referring to a wide variety of distinct soups or puddings which may be served either hot or cold. Each variety of chè is designated by a descriptive word or phrase that follows the word chè, such as chè đậu đỏ (literally "red bean chè").

Chè may be made at home, but are also commonly sold in plastic cups at Vietnamese grocery stores.

In northern Vietnam, chè is also the word for the tea plant. Tea is also known as nước chè in the North or more commonly trà in both regions.

The Chinese category of sweet soups called tong sui are very similar to chè.


A bowl of chè trôi nước

There is a nearly endless variety of named dishes with the prefix chè, and thus it is impossible to produce a complete list. What follows is a list of the most typical traditional varieties of chè.

A tray of chè đậu trắng

Beans and pulses

A bowl of chè bắp

Rice, grains, tubers and cereals


chè bánh xếp


Fruits and plants

One version of the chè thưng


Savoury chè

Foreign chè

See also

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