Vietnamese Cuisine: Cassava Strips Dessert (Che Khoai Mi)

Doris made some Cassava Strips for dessert. Doris served the Cassava Strips Dessert with a Coconut Milk Topping called Nuoc Dua in Vietnamese.


The Cassava Strips is lightly chewy. According to Doris, the authentic Cassava Strips should be rolled in freshly grated coconut which is more moist than those store-bought grated coconut.


Doris is so sweet that she also brought some Vietnamese coffee to share with us.  Doris had just return from Vietnam and the coffee is 100% Vietnamese coffee. This bag of 1kg ground coffee costs about CAD10.  Vietnamese coffee is strong and best serve with condensed milk.

Ingredients for Cassava Strips:

  • 2 packs of frozen grated cassava
  • 5 ounces coconut milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • a dash of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons glutinous rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for Coconut Milk Topping (Nuoc Dua):

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons rice flour, dissolved in some water as thickener



Cassava-Strips-Dessert-2-300x200Defrost the frozen grated cassava overnight in the fridge. Drain the excess water by pressing on a sieve.
Cassava-Strips-Dessert-3-300x200Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.
Cassava-Strips-Dessert-20-200x300For presentation purpose, Doris colored 1/2 of the ingredients green with a few drops of pandan extract which is available at Vietnamese groceries.

Do not use too much pandan extract as the color becomes darker after steaming.

Cassava-Strips-Dessert-5-300x200Steam the cassava mixture in a steamer for 45 minutes.
Cassava-Strips-Dessert-6-300x200Cool the cassava cake before slicing.
Cassava-Strips-Dessert-8-300x200Slice the cassava cake into strips and roll in grated coconut to prevent sticking together.
Cassava-Strips-Dessert-7-300x200To prepare the coconut milk toppings (Nuoc Dua), combine the coconut milk, sugar and salt in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil in medium heat. When it comes to a boil, add the rice flour solution to thicken the sauce.
Cassava-Strips-Dessert-10-300x200Serve the cassava strips with some coconut milk toppings.

Doris, thank you so much for sharing your country’s cuisines with us.

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  1. ravenouscouple

    thanks for this recipe! enjoyed eating this growing up and haven’t had itin so long!

  2. Wendy

    OMG I love cassava chewy desserts such as Filipino PichiPichi. Thanks for sharing this recipe~

  3. Kim

    Would you please specific the amount being used in the recipe”
    1) how much by weight/volume is in a pack of frozen grated cassava?
    2) You have everything by cup size, so is “5 ounces coconut milk” in fluid oz? or by weight? then how much is in cup?
    3) What size is a “1 can coconut milk”? Can it be in “cup” size?

    Please if you post more recipes, be consider that ingredients in the market comes in all kinds of measurement and sizes. Using “cup” size is more common than using “weight” for measuring because not every one at home has a kitchen scale. “Can” size is the worse especially one can buy a 2 liter Can coconut milk in a supermarket!

    1. Suanne

      Hi Kim,

      1) The frozen grated cassava is usually packed in 1 pound package.
      2) 5 oz of coconut milk is close to 2/3 cup.
      3) 1 can of coconut milk that we usually find in Vancouver is 398ml.

      Hope the answers clarify the confusion.


  4. Kim

    Thanks for clearing it up. Now I can try the recipe.

  5. ann

    can I used fresh cassava instead

    1. Suanne

      Hi ann, yes, you can use fresh cassava.

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