Food Friday – Kẹo Chỉ

Vietnam is plentiful in street food options and I’m always eager to try some of it (and sometimes I actually do). The other evening we were walking along the beach and I kept seeing stalls for one food I hadn’t seen yet and heaps of people standing in line. It was the first street food that looked more on the sweet side – due to the container of powdered sugar contained in their stall arsenal. It’s sign said Kẹo Chỉ.

The modern day Kẹo Chỉ is apparently an expansion of a past Vietnamese favorite translated as “stretchy candy”, which is a part of this new version. I threw down my 10,000 VND (or 50 cents UDS) and watched some magic being worked. It starts with rice paper, then topped with coconut, sweetened condensed milk, peanuts and what appeared to be a powdered chocolate or Milo and then they add the “stretching candy”. The candy is pulled off a larger piece, dredged through a container of powdered sugar and then stretched in a billion little strands. Once it is added to the pile is is then rolled up like a burrito. It tasted like a homemade nougat-ey candy bar. Due to the fact that I was born without the ability of “moderation” I kept throwing down $10,000 VND bills at multiple stands and proceeded to ruin my dinner appetite. And may I just say, IT WAS WORTH IT!

The crowded Back Beach on a Saturday evening. Heaps of people come down from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

The crowded Back Beach on a Saturday evening. Heaps of people come down from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

The set up

The set up

Time for the peanuts

Time for the peanuts

Topped with chocolate powder

Topped with chocolate powder

Finally the stretching candy is added before handed over to a very hungry me

Finally the stretching candy is added before handed over to a very hungry me

Can't wait to eat a few of these!

Can’t wait to eat a few of these!

Video I found on YouTube of the Kẹo Chỉ being made. This was similar to my experience, complete with the Vietnamese I did not understand.

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