But before I get to the recipe, do you wanna hear a story? This is one of my sooo SoCal anecdotes that make living here so fun sometimes. Years ago when I used to work in Orange County, I'd occasionally stop at the Banh Mi & Che Cali on Bolsa and Magnolia to grab some sandwiches on the way home. At buy-2-get-1-free for $3, I always bought three sandwiches. Every once in a while, if I saw a homeless guy sitting in front of the shop, I'd ask if he wanted a sandwich. I probably should have just offered one of my sandwiches on the way out. Because one time, one of the guys requested a #4, which was not the dac biet (special) and not eligible for the discount. Hmph! Man, I'm much too frugal to buy a sandwich that doesn't get me a discount, but I did ask, so I had to get it for him. Anyway, another time, a different guy said another customer had already given him a sandwich but he'd love it if I bought him the che with the white beans and sticky rice. The amusing part? Both homeless men were white. :P
Che Dau Trang (Vietnamese Pudding with White Beans and Sticky Rice in Coconut Milk)
For a 2-quart pot, you'll need:
1/2 cup dried black-eyed peas, soaked overnight
1 cup glutinous rice
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1 15-oz can coconut milk
Optional: Crushed peanuts for serving.
Soak 1/2 cup dried black-eyed peas overnight. Or if you're in a hurry, you can use canned beans, just make sure they're unsalted. Rinse beans and add to pot with 2 cups of water. Turn heat to high and when it boils, turn the heat down to medium-low to simmer for about half an hour for the beans to soften. Obviously, you can skip this step if using canned beans since they'd already be soft.
Add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 can of coconut milk, and 1 cup uncooked glutinous rice and let simmer for another half hour to cook the rice until soft. I like my rice to be the consistency of rice porridge. Taste and add more sugar if you've got a sweeter tooth than mine.
Serve warm or cold.
Add a sprinkle of crushed peanuts on top if you wish.
My other Vietnamese dessert recipes you might like:
Che Bap (Vietnamese Pudding with Corn and Tapioca Pearls in Coconut Milk)
Mangoes with Sticky Rice (Vietnamese-Style)
1 year ago today, would you care for a spot of tea? An Asian-inspired tea party.