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Chè is a Vietnamese term that refers to any traditional Vietnamese sweet dessert soup or pudding.
As such, it may, with the addition of qualifying adjectives, refer to a wide variety of distinct soups or puddings, which may be served either hot or cold. Some varieties, such as chè xôi nước, may also include dumplings.
Chè are often prepared with one of a number of varieties of beans and/or glutinous rice, cooked in water and sweetened with sugar. Other ingredients may include tapioca starch, salt, and pandan leaf extract. Each variety of chè is designated by a descriptive word or phrase that follows the word chè, such as chè đậu đỏ (literally "red bean chè").
In southern Vietnam, chè are often garnished with coconut creme.
Chè may be made at home, but are also commonly available freshly made in plastic containers, in Vietnamese grocery stores in Vietnam as well as overseas.
In northern Vietnam, chè is also the word for the tea plant. Tea is also known as nước chè in the North or more commonly trà in both regions.
The Filipino dessert halo halo as well as the Chinese category of sweet soups called tong sui are very similar to chè.