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Feb 17, 2007 06:29 PM

What and Where?

A friend and I split a curious concoction in Downtown Oakland yesterday. We picked up said beverage/treat at a Chinese take-out place. This creation was a sweetened liquid with various components (ours had rice, beans and tapioca noodles). Though ours had coconut milk, many did not and the chunky bits varied.
Does anyone know what this is called and where else it's available?

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  1. where: quickly--what bubble tea or boba

    look up locations online.

    1. No it wasn't boba, and it wasn't quickly. This place was relatively non-distinct, but had a fridge case full of different kinds of these drinks already made.

      6 Replies
      1. re: Aaron

        Think you might referring to the drink that's commonly found at pho restaurants - but I have no idea what the name is. You can probably find them at Cam Huong on Webster (between 9th and 10th).

        1. re: kc72

          The name of the Vietnamese dessert served at Cam Huong is called "che" (found in the back refrigerator for about $1)

          Here's a picture of various che's:

          Here's are several recipes for che's:

          Coconut milk is the common milky addition to sweet and creamy che's, although if you make it at home you can add liquid hazelnut flavored non-dairy creamer for a delicious variation.

          1. re: Sophia C.

            Yeah. That looks like it's it. Thanks for the info.

            1. re: Sophia C.

              One more is that pronounced?

          2. re: Aaron

            The "where" finchycocoa was giving you was in response to your asking where else it's available.

            There are an almost infinite number of variants on boba-like tea (whether they have "bobas" in them or not. The Quickly menu offers a coconut milk tea and has a long list of optional addins, including beans. Are you sure the "rice" wasn't actualy barley?


            1. re: Gary Soup

              Thanks for clarifying. I like jasmine Milk tea with tapioca but there is no coconut milk in it.

          3. Quickly and other boba tea places are different than the vietnamese style dessert Aaron is refering to. Many vietnamese pho places have tons of these listed on the beverages part of their menus. My personal favorite and easiest to find is the "3 color".