Grilled banana in sticky rice, tapioca pearl and coconut dessert (Chè chuối nướng, Che chuoi nuong) is a famous traditional food in Vietnam. Che chuoi nuong originated in the rural countryside of Vietnam where banana, coconut, sticky rice are abundant. A portion of Grilled banana in sticky rice, tapioca pearl and coconut dessert can warm your stomach and satisfy your taste. The warm, sticky, tender and sweet banana, the greasy, sweet and a little salty thick coconut milk sauce, the chewy tapioca pearls, the crispy and sticky glutinous rice blend together wonderfully.
Main ingredients for the dessert are apple banana, glutinous rice, dried tapioca pearl, coconut milk, tapioca starch, banana leaf. Apple bananas should not too big so that it takes not too long time to grill. The banana should not too ripe so that the grilled banana is sticky. To make this food, wrap peeled banana in a layer of steamed sticky rice and coat it with banana leaf, then grill it on charcoal until the sticky rice turns yellow or brown and crisp. The cook should change the sides of the banana regularly. Cut the grilled banana in sticky rice into pieces, put these pieces and tapioca pearls in a plate or a bowl, pour some coconut milk sauce on to these pieces, add tapioca pearls to the dessert and top it with crushed peanuts and shredded coconut milk. The dessert should be served hot right after finish grilling the banana to make sure the sticky rice crust is still crisp and smelling. According to experienced cooks, a little salt is used to season the coconut milk sauce to balance the flavors of the food which includes sweet banana. The sauce should be thick so that it plays off the pieces of grilled banana. Tapioca pearls make the food less greasy.
The dessert has become more and more popular in the country and the world. It has become one of the most popular street food in Vietnam, especially big cities such as Saigon, Nha Trang, Danang, Hanoi, etc thanks to low price and great taste. Vendors usually wrap and grill banana at their street food stalls (on rolling carts on the streets, at corners in back alleys, at local markets, etc.). The great smell of the food spread in the air around the street food stalls attracts people to buy and eat the food.
Grill bananas wrapped in steamed sticky rice and banana leaves on charcoal until the steamed sticky rice crispy
Cut the grilled banana into pieces, pour coconut milk sauce on them
Top the dessert with crushed toasted peanuts and shredded coconut meat
A portion of Vietnamese grilled banana in sticky rice, tapioca pearl and coconut dessert looks mouth-watering
At a street food stall in Saigon, local people sit on small plastic chairs on the pavements and enjoy Vietnamese grilled banana in sticky rice, tapioca pearl and coconut dessert.