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Che Thai Recipe Recipe

Che Thai Recipe

05.18.12 by Jackie

Che Thai is a Vietnamese interpretation of a Thai dessert. It's made of a combination of coconut milk, half and half and pandan flavorings. This makes the base of the dessert, the rest is up to you. I usually add whatever I have available; it can be fresh jackfruit, longans, lychees, pomegranate seeds or agar agar jelly.

I have a funny anecdote about this dessert. When I first introduced it to my husband's family, everyone was very pleased and surprised by how refreshing it tasted, especially Lulu's uncle, Ibbu Mamu. It was a really hot summer day and I can still picture him, eating cup after cup of che Thai. At some point, he asked for the recipe. "Jackie, I love this dessert, it's so light and refreshing". After I listed off the ingredients though, he kind of freaked out, seeing as he had just polished off two very large cups!  


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St. Patrick's Day Greenies (Green Brownies Recipe) Recipe

Is there a better ingredient than pandan paste to create a dessert symbolizing St. Patrick's Day? This evening, I used it to make "greenies". Instead of the semi-sweet or dark chocolate brownies traditionally call for, I used white chocolate and flavored the gooey dessert with pecans and a generous amount of pandan, which creates a beautiful green color.

It’s a sweet treat that would make a leprechaun “green” with envy. Sorry, couldn’t resist.  Happy St. Paddy’s Day everyone!


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Superbowl Sugar Cookies Recipe

Superbowl Sugar Cookies

02.04.11 by Jackie

As a French girl, it’s probably not surprising how ignorant I am about American football. My husband Lulu has tried several times to teach me the rules, and failed miserably. I'm trying hard, I promise!  At the very least, I can participate in the fun by whipping up some delicious snacks to enjoy during the game.

Today, I made batches of sugar cookies using the colors of both teams. I used black and yellow for the Steelers and green and yellow for the Packers. The black, yellow and green cookie doughs were respectively flavored with semi-sweet chocolate, Meyer lemon and pandan paste.

I remember a few years back that the Steelers were participating in the Superbowl as well, so they must be a good team. Lulu's rooting for them, but with these cookies you can represent yourself no matter which team you're cheering for. I’m also going to post a list or two this afternoon of other tasty treats that you can serve at your Superbowl party, so stay tuned for that. I hope you enjoy the food and the company this Sunday!


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Witch Finger Cookies (Scary Halloween Food) Recipe

This recipe gives “finger food” a whole new meaning. My 1st-grader sister-in-law is going to participate in the Halloween parade at her school, and I thought it would be fun to bring some scary treats to share with her classmates. After deliberating with the munchkin, we decided to make finger-shaped cookies.

To start, I made the first batch of cookie dough with a few drops of pandan extract to give the cookies a green color. My munchkin helped me out shaping the fingers but we realized they were shaped way too big as they expanded after baking. I exclaimed: "Those are Shrek's fingers!" to which my little one responded: "Why would you chop off Shrek’s fingers?!?!". After calming her down, we settled on calling them “witch” fingers. I made the second batch much smaller with less pandan to make it more realistically like a witch's skin (I'm just guessing since I've personally never met one). The fingernails are made of candied blanched almonds and the fingers are dipped in fruit preserves to imitate blood.

The finger cookies look very realistic, so I don't know if they're appropriate for 6-year-olds. I’ll tell you tomorrow what the reaction was.

Witch Finger Cookies Recipe with Picture


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Pandan Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Recipe

Pandan cookies always intrigue the guests who come to our house. The green color from the pandan paste makes the cookies very original, and after the first bite, our guests are amazed at how great they taste. Daddy's friend, who lives in Minnesota, loved them so much that I decided to send a basket of two dozen cookies to him as a care package.

When I was a child, Maman would use pandan leaves to flavor steamed jasmine rice. It's also used in many Vietnamese desserts, such a rau câu. That inspired me to try using pandan in Western dessert recipes.

I often fuse the ingredients of one cooking tradition with the recipes of another. It’s a great way to create new dishes. In fact, the very first recipe posted on PhamFatale.com was for pandan cookies. In that recipe, I used pistachios and white chocolate chips. Both are great, but I think the cocoa in semi-sweet chocolate pairs especially well with pandan. Changing ingredients and coming up with new dishes is a big part of the culinary journey I've been sharing with you for a year and a half. After all, that's what cooking is all about. The history of cooking is really the history of the migration of people from one place to another. As they traveled, they adopted and adapted the local cuisine, creating many of the classic dishes we enjoy today. I hope you enjoy my small contribution to this tradition.


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