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Those are jasmine sambac (Arabian jasmine) flowers, which actually smell quite different from the jasmine that's used in perfumery. In Thailand, they scent lots of desserts with jasmine water.


ouch ! cant stand the smell of jasmine. I avoided places that smell of it. The weird thing is , I love Jasmine Tea..chuckle


Thanks Preya - have you had this kind of che? I'll have to get back there and practise the order. I get the feeling it's sweet flowery icy liquid.

Foodcrazee - that is weird ;)


I've never had it in VN, but many times in Thailand. Usually, they only lightly sweeten the water, and the jasmine lends a delicate floral aroma, so it's not overpowering at all, but god knows what the Vietnamese do, LOL.


it's "hoa cau" (Arecaceae)

q tee

it's jasmine. 100% sure.

"it's "hoa cau" (Arecaceae)" ??? DUHHHH !!!

"it's "hoa cau" (Arecaceae)" ??? DUHHHH !!!
DUHHH what ? If you are Vietnamese , you should know that there is a type of che` called "che` hoa cau" , that's why i thought those flowers are "hoa cau" .


It's jasmine flowers. :) "Hoa lài" as I know of from the south. Not sure what the northern people call it.

As Preya put it nicely from her experience, the flower buds add subtle fragrance to the sugar liquid which then transfer the scent to the chè then later to your mouth. :)


It is the same jasmine that is in jasmine tea. Northern Vietnamese call it "hoa nhài", and southerners call it "hoa lài". "Hoa" means flowers, and can be called "bông" by all Vietnamese.
"Chè hoa cau" is called "chè táo soạn" or "chè táo xoạn" by southerners. It is the yellow looking chè in the center column of stacks of chès. This kind of "chè" is made by first steaming soaked up green bean halves without the skin. After that it is stirred in a pot of cooked, thick tapioca liquid that was already sugared. Coconut milk is made separately by cooking, thickening it with some starch, and sugar, salt it. Original northerner's "chè hoa cau" doesn't have the coconut milk.


One other thing, "Chè hoa cau" is has its name because it looks somewhat like the small yellow areca flowers (areca flower = hoa cau)


Thanks all for the clarification. It's always interesting to get the southern and northern perspectives on these things.

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