A while back, Grape and I visited Che-licious on Denman after checking out Baoguette (post coming soon) to compare each restaurant’s banh mi’s. Che-licious differs from Baoguette in that it also specializes in Vietnamese dessert drinks composed of fruits, jellies, beans with coconut milk or juice and sweetened with palm sugar.
The one on the left was the Che-licious Special ($6.50) that was layered with pandan jelly, agar jelly, pom pearls, toddy palm, jackfruit, longan and coconut milk. It mostly tasted like coconut milk with a mix of textures from the other ingredients. The only solids that actually gave some flavour was the jackfruit and longan.
The other drink was the Che-licious Refresh ($6.25): coconut meat, basil seeds, pandan jelly, aloe vera and coconut juice. Similar to the other one, except tastes like coconut juice.
We could’ve made our own custom Che’s ($5.25 including 2 ingredients and base), but there were just too many options. Additional ingredients costed $0.50+ each.
We also had their Heo Yeah! Banh Mi ($6.50). Inside the fresh baguette, there was crispy skin roasted pork, pate, pickled veggies and jalapeños. I found the pate/sauce was too overwhelming; I couldn’t really taste the pork.
The skin and bread were very crunchy though. I think Baoguette wins the banh mi battle against Che-licious, so check in next week for the full review :)