Hue Sweet Soup – a part of Hue culture

Che (sweet soup) is a popular dish in Vietnam. It can be either served as dessert or mid-day snack. Che Hue is probably the most famous in the country. Like any dishes from Hue, Che Hue is delicious, sophisticated and subtle.

Hue Sweet Soup, It is said that Hue has 36 kinds of Che. However, in reality, there are much more than that. Che Hue comes in many different forms, colors, thickness and tastes, but they are often made from very simple ingredients like: cereals, fruits, cassava flour, sticky rice flour, sugar, etc. There are two main types of Che Hue: Che cung dinh (Royal Sweet Soup) and Che hem (Street Sweet Soup). Each type has specific types of ingredients. Indochina tours Vietnam

A colorful stall of Che with various kinds

A colorful stall of Che with various kinds

The royal type was, of course, served to royalty in the past. They have luxury ingredients and are cooked meticulously. Some notable Che cung dinh are: Che hat sen (lotus seed), Che nhan boc hat sen (lotus seed wrapped in logan), Che bot loc boc thit quay (grilled pork wrapped in cassava flour), Che hoa cau (areca flower), Che com (young green rice), Che mon sap vang (made from a variety of taro), etc. Fortunately, these ingredients are only expensive in the past. They are now affordable so we can enjoy food of the kings in the past.

Che nhan boc hat sen (Lotus seed wrapped in logan sweet soup)

Che nhan boc hat sen (Lotus seed wrapped in logan sweet soup)

Che bot loc boc thit quay (Grilled pork wrapped in cassava flour sweet soup)

Che bot loc boc thit quay (Grilled pork wrapped in cassava flour sweet soup)

The common type, Che hem, is sold commonly on the street. The recipes for this type feature more simple ingredients.  Some popular Che hem are: Che bap (corn), Che troi nuoc (sticky rice cake and green pea paste), Che khoai mon (taro), Che dau xanh (mung bean), Che dau ngu (white kidney bean), Che dau do (red kidney bean), Che dau den (black turtle bean), Che buoi (grapefruit), etc. Some people like to mix all kinds of Che to create Che thap cam (mix all). Tours in Vietnam

Che dau ngu (White kidney bean sweet soup)

Che dau ngu (White kidney bean sweet soup)

Che dau den (Black turtle bean sweet soup)

Che dau den (Black turtle bean sweet soup)

Hue Sweet Soup, Cooking Che is mostly about boiling water, adding prepared ingredients in and then adding some sugar. However, making it delicious is difficult. It requires you to add the exact amount of ingredients at the precise moment. If not, your Che will taste really bad.

Traditionally, Che Hue is served in small bowls, but some restaurants or food stalls serves them in glasses, or transparent plastic bags for take-away as well. It is enjoyed in any kind of weather, and provides a nutritious energy boost for the day.

Che is also part of Hue’s culture. If you have a chance to visit Hue, have Che on your top list or you will miss a big part of Vietnamese cuisine picture.

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