There are many kinds of Che you can taste in Hanoi such as che do den (black turtle bean); do xanh (mung bean); dau do (red kidney bean); khoai mon (taro); com (young green rice); che sen (lotus seed) or thap cam (mixed all).
Che – Hanoian Sweet Dessert
Che is a local favourite all over the country. It is served as desert or mid-day snack, in restaurants or in random food stalls on the street. It is enjoyed in any kind of weather, and provides a nutritious energy boost for the day. Have Che on your top list or you will miss a big part of Hanoian cuisine picture.
Where to eat in Hanoi
Che Tran Hung Dao (Alley 72, Tran Hung Dao street) is popular among Hanoians as one of the most quality places for che. Though much pricier compared with its competitors, the restaurant still attracts a large amount of customers every night. The filling amount of serving coupled with the elegant flavour will keep this address on top of the list for another extended period of time.
Che Ngo Thi Nham (16 Ngo Thi Nham, one block down the Hom market) is famous for its very simplicity yet authenticity. It differs fundamentally from other restaurants in the limited variety on offer. However, the fare is carefully prepared and exquisite in taste, with traditional menu of black turtle bean, bung bean, lotus seed and floating cake types.
Che Sai Gon (24 Ta Hien) stands at the heart of the Old Quarter. As you take a stroll around the narrow streets filled up with handicrafts stores, hostels and restaurants, there is little chance you miss the place. Che Sai Gon is casual like any other local food stalls yet stands out for its crowd and the big pots of che behind the counter. The taste is light and the owner is friendly.