Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam

Chè Võ Văn Tần

241 Võ Văn Tần, D. 3 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
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Chè Võ Văn Tần is a popular street spot for a variety of Vietnamese sweet soup alternatives served on the sidewalk in front of Thiên Bản pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City. This street vendor only shows up in the afternoon and sells until the sweet soup runs out.

Chè Võ Văn Tần
Chè Võ Văn Tần
Chè Võ Văn Tần

Central Vietnamese desserts

Reviewed on 2013-11-17

I love chè, and this spot is one of my favorite chè places. It doesn't really have a name as it is just 2-3 guys sitting on the sidewalk in front of the small Thiện Bổn temple selling chè. Some call it Chè Võ Văn Tần, others 241 Võ Văn Tần Chè, and their chè is very delicious. They do not have any iced chè, only warm chè varieties from central Vietnam. They are very popular among local people for chè after dinner. 

I like their chè chuối (banana chè), but their chè chuối is not the same as other chè chuối, so I would call it chè chuối hấp (steamed banana chè). It contains soft banana cake and a coconut milk mixed with small tapioca pearls, ground nuts and jelly. You can also ask for some bánh bò hấp, a yummy sweet chewy sponge cake to go with it. They keep their chè hot with a heater under each big pot of chè.

My other pick was the chè thưng which is originally from Huế. It is sweet and contains jelly, potatoes, white bean, dried apple and coconut milk, You do not eat the dried apple but it makes the taste better. Most chè contain coconut milk, but you can ask for a thick extra coconut milk on top of it if you wish your chè to be sweeter.

I always have 2 bowls of chè when I go here, and I do not encourage you to do the same as you can be really full, but as it is not so close to my house, I tend to overindulge when going here. I pay 8,000₫/bowl.

This chè place is only open after working hours (from 6 pm until whenever they sold out their chè) and it can be a bit inconvenient if its full, I have seen people stand up or sit on their own motorbike to eat chè here. The owner is a very hard working and fast guy, he serves chè non stop and he also talks a lot, it creates a relaxing atmosphere, and even though it can be crowded, he never gets stressed.