After our failed attempt to get Quan Hy the night before, we were determined to make it happen the next morning. Screw hipster brunch in downtown LA, we wanted banh beo!
Fortunately, the restaurant was opened. There was a bit of a wait, so we walked across the plaza to Thach Che Hien Khanh to get some dessert for later:
On our last SoCal trip, we dropped by the Hien Khanh branch in Orange Grove. This one is located in a less janky location, though the deliciousness of the che (Vietnamese dessert) is equally good at both places.
The first thing you see when you enter is this humungous counter with all the che you could ever want:
If you don't have a friend who speaks Vietnamese with you to explain what is what, just look through the display window and point at whatever catches your eye:
Just don't go overboard. It will be difficult, but be strong.
T helped us order a bunch of che, which we carted around with us until we finally found an oppotunity to enjoy them later in the day at a Peet's Coffee.
We're suckers for desserts with coconut milk:
Coconut milk with sweet sticky rice and black eyed peas (che dau trang). Coconut with various jellies. Coconut milk with glutinous balls.
T was really excited about this glutinous dumpling sweets:
We could have gotten them with mung bean inside, but T was adamant that the coconut was better:
The only che we weren't entirely happy with was the banana encased in glutinous rice:
It might be because we left it for so long, but by the time we bit into it, the rice was hard. Like supermarket sushi hard. Yuck. No thanks.
The rest of it was great though. And so cheap!
Thach Che Hien Khanh
9639 Bolsa Ave, Ste A
Westminster, CA 92683