Banana, Tapioca Pearls and Sweet Coconut Milk Soup or Chè Chuối is a simple, yet incredibly flavorful Vietnamese dessert made with chopped up pieces of banana, served with tapioca pearls, dipped into a hot coconut milk soup and topped with peanuts and sesame seeds.

Banana, Tapioca Pearls and Sweet Coconut Milk Soup

Banana, Tapioca Pearls and Sweet Coconut Milk Soup
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Serves: 5 to 6
  • 1 pound ripe Vietnamese bananas or plantains
  • 4 ounces sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons small tapioca pearls
  • 4 pandan leaves or a few drops of pandan flavoring if leaves aren't available
  • 1/2 can coconut creme
  • 2 Tablespoons roasted peanuts lightly crushed
  • 2 Tablespoons roasted sesame seeds lightly crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Soak the tapioca pearls in warm water for about 20 minutes, then drain.
  2. Peel and cut bananas then marinate it in 4 ounces granulated sugar to sweeten them. Make sure all sides of the bananas are covered in sugar, then cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 2 days. The longer you marinate them, the better.
  3. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil with 2 knots of pandan leaves. Turn the heat to medium, and simmer for about 20 minutes to extract the pandan flavor.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients into the pot (banana, coconut creme, tapioca, salt), simmer on medium for about 15 to 20 minutes more until bananas reach desired softness.
  5. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle a bit on top of each individual serving
Chè is Vietnamese for sweet desserts which are liquid such as drinks, pudding, or even types of ‘soup.’ So chè chuối you could say is a type of pudding, made of coconut cream, tapioca pearls and bananas.


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