Cold Che: Hot-Day Food
|Just add ice: Chè from Lee's Sandwiches, $1.95 each.|
What, 83 degrees today? You've survived worse, O San Franciscan. Nevertheless, today is a day for cold noodles and ice cream. Long lunches on the Yerba Buena Park lawn. Or for an afternoon chè break.
Rifle through the drinks fridge at your nearest Vietnamese deli, and you'll see dozens of chè, or soupy, cold desserts: lychees and gelatinous basil seeds floating in caramel-colored syrup, coconut milk with sago pearls and fresh melon balls, or multicolored suong sa hot luu like the cups above, which we bought at Lee's Sandwiches on Larkin this morning. (Lee's also devotes a goodly chunk of its steam table to steaming containers of warm chè, which you can order by the bowl and do some pick-a-mixing, Brachs style.)
|Yesterday's find: Melon and sago pearl chè from Irving Cafe and Deli.|
We crushed a few ice cubes and stirred them into our cups, where they thinned out the coconut milk and brought the temperature of the chè ― and our bodies ― down at least a few degrees. Anything to make the sweating stop.
Lee's Sandwiches: 625 Larkin (at Ellis), 929-6888.