Orange County: Thach Che Hien Khanh
According to T's friend, Hien Khanh is supposed to have some of the best che (Vietnamese for "dessert" and the only word my sister and I really learned from T after some 13 years of friendship):
Walking into this kind of place always makes me feel like a kid in a candy store:
So much to choose from:
Most of which I cannot identify:
I can recognize the coconut milk, but what's sitting in it is beyond me.
Luckily, T was there. Not only is she Vietnamese, her tastes are similar to mine. Having her with us also made ordering a lot easier. We just stepped aside and let her do her thang.
Something new she introduced us to was this sweet potato like dessert covered in shredded coconut:
It's starchier than a sweet potato, with a subtler sweetness.
Then there was this more familiar glutinous rice with black-eyed peas and coconut milk:
Some kind of fruity coconut concoction:
And at my sister's request, a three-color dessert drink:
The mung bean added a creaminess while the water chestnuts added a fun crunch and the jelly something Q.
Love love love che.
We took a bite of each and then saved the rest for the family we stayed with (fondly known as the Chang Gang). T, my sister, and I said our goodbyes to Goddess C and then made it back to Irvine in time for church.
The rest of the day was spent hanging out with the Chang Gang. We were treated out to a great Chinese dinner, which really should have been T's and my treat since I successfully stole the bill. Unfortunately, the Chang Gang cheated by taking us to a restaurant where they knew the owner. I stole the bill but nobody would take my credit card.
Dinner, fail. But breakfast? Super win!
Thach Che Hien Khanh
9784 Westminster Ave
Garden Grove, CA 92844