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Rainbow Coconut Tapioca Dessert (vietnamese chè)

July 25, 2022
By Brittney
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Any type of Vietnamese Chè is my favorite dessert! (besides anything chocolate). I have fond memories as a little girl running errands all the time with my mom. My favorite ones were the hitting the markets! In particular, this market in Rosemead where there was a chè place and food court inside. This chè place has it all! From chè thai to chè trôi nước to chè ba màu. I’m salivating just typing this out. Recipes to come for those! In the mean time, I wanted to share my version of a Vietnamese Chè that consists of tapioca pearls and pandan jello.

If you’ve never had any type of Vietnamese Chè, you’re in for a treat! This easy, dairy-free version is the perfect dessert for family gatherings, holidays, or whenever the chè craving strikes! A dreamy, colorful, texture heavy coconut milk dessert. The result? Heaven.


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Rainbow Coconut Tapioca Dessert (Vietnamese Chè)

  • Author: Brittney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour


Creamy, luxurious vegan chè with pandan jello and mini tapioca pearls! Surprisingly easy to make with just 7 simple ingredients.


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Pandan Jello

Tapioca Pearls

  • 1 (16oz) bag tapioca pearls
  • 3 quarts water
  • red and yellow food coloring



Pandan Jello

  1. Combine water and pandan extract then stir using a whisk.
  2. Heat a saucepan and pour-in the mixture. Bring to a boil while continuously stirring.
  3. Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to a container.
  4. The texture of the mixture should be firm once cooled. Allow the temperature to go down before putting-in the refrigerator. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until hardened.

Tapioca Pearls

  1. In a pot, add in 3 quarts of water. Let it come to a boil. Add in the tapioca pearls and stir. Stir and boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Then turn off heat, cover the pot with a lid and let it sit in the hot water for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes the pearl will double in size and become clear. Strain and rinse the pearls with cold water.
  3. Separate the pearls into two batches. Color one batch red and the other yellow.


  1. In a cup, add equal parts of red and yellow tapioca pearls.
  2. Slice the firm pandan jello into cubes and add on top of tapioca pearls.
  3. Lastly, add in coconut cream and top it off with sesame seeds.
  4. Best enjoyed chilled, and can keep up for 3 days in the refrigerator.


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