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Smashed mung bean (green) peas in crushed ice.
Smashed mung bean (green) peas in crushed ice (Chè đậu xanh) is a delicious, simple Vietnamese thick drink or dessert dish. It is sometimes served with boiled concentrated coconut extract (Chè đậu xanh nước dừa đường cát)
(Chè = sweet thick Drink/Dessert, Đậu= Peas, Xanh= green, Nước= Juice, Dừa= Coconut, Đường=Sugar, Cát= of small grains)
Figure: Smashed mung bean (green) peas in crushed ice in 150ml glass.
1. Buy split peas of mung beans. They are made by crushing the mung bean (green) peas. The outer green crusts have been discarded, the yellow cores are split. Only the yellow, kidney shaped half cores are retained and sold as split mung bean (green) peas.
2. Boil the split mung bean peas until they are soften and broken up into a thick yellow paste.
3. You may add refined sugar (ordinary refined, table sugar, “đường cát” in Vietnamese) to the mixture to suit your taste.
4. Some people may add boiled coconut extract (nước dừa) to the mixture. I don’t, it is just not my taste and it may cause stomach upset if left at room temperature for too long.
1. A nutritious, healthy drink may become a harmful drink if the traditional recipes are not observed.
2. Cooks using unauthentic recipes may use artificial sweetener (saccharin) in the drink to reduce their purchase cost of ordinary sugar! The traditional recipes has no such modern ingredient
3. If your mouth and your taste feel not normal about 30 minutes after taking this drink, you may have consumed some artificial sweetener.
2. Alternative dessert from whole mung beans.
Some people may boil whole mung bean peas until the green crusts separate and the yellow cores are just split and softened. The crusts are not removed from the yellow split cores.
This whole pea dessert is then served. It is not as soft as the other drink/dessert.
Figure: Mung beans of 5mm size.
The whole Mung Bean peas are in the photograph. The peas are then crushed into a green crust and two half cores each is yellow and has kidney shape. The yellow half cores are sold as split Mung Bean (green) peas.
4. Where to find it.
It is a common drink (costing 40000VND =$2.00US in 2017) in Vietnam (in Saigon). In Australia, it cost $4.00AUD.
Outside Vietnam, you may expect it to cost about $3.00US.
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