Futher mauka, mom stopped in a market for a few different che’s to bring over to Grandma’s house later that evening.
This particular shop (near River Street) has the largest variety of che in Chinatown – my favourite is the sesame sweet apple-bananas with a side of coconut milk, though my mom is more partial to the iced sweets while my dad prefers the steamed ones.
We ate this one right when we got home (when the weather is hot, you gotta do what you gotta do to keep cool :), pouring the che over a big bowl of ice. Jackfruit, lychees, water chestnuts and jellies of all sorts, even pandan flavoured ones, in a bath of cold coconut milk – splendid!
Mom had her own cup of che on the spot – the owner’s wife at Thang’s is well known in the Vietnamese community for her signature dessert picture above, a still warm dish of sweet mochi rice studded with soft cooked beans and coconut cream.
Hope everyone’s having a good Friday! ^_^
Thang Coffee & Bubble Tea
1120 Maunakea Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817