Jul 15

Che Thai (Fruit Cocktail in Coconut Milk)

Welcome to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama + Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl to create awesome healthy recipes each week! This week’s theme is Snacktime!

I know it’s not actually Friday anymore, but you’ll have to excuse my tardiness in writing this post. Life has been kinda packed lately (not to worry, they’re mostly good things! :] ), so I’ve been neglecting my blog. I’m also combining Foodie Friday this/next week with The Recipe ReDux!

Hopefully I’ll figure out how to balance everything again soon (it’s my specialty, right?!), but in the meantime, thanks for bearing with me!

We had a potluck yesterday where we were supposed to bring a culturally-inspired dish from whatever background we were from. Naturally for me, this would be something Chinese, and believe me, I had great plans to be super awesome and make Peanut Mochi (糯米糍), but…I slacked off and did not. (It’s been a really tiring week.)

I received free samples of Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables and am eligible to win prizes associated w/ the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Our latest Recipe ReDux challenge was via Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables–to create quick + healthy recipes using canned fruits/vegetables and something from Google’s 2016 Food Trends list. You probably already know that I’m somewhat of a coconut fiend, so obviously, coconut milk had to be involved!

I also included jackfruit because I wanted to try recreating the fruity dessert drinks (they could honestly go in either category) that I’ve come across time and again as a result of growing up in the bay area. I figured it was about time I made the attempt!

Che Thai (Fruit Cocktail in Coconut Milk) | @fairyburger

I’m told on a fairly regular basis that I don’t look 100% Chinese anyway (I think the top contenders = mixed vs. Vietnamese), so I decided to borrow from another culture–in this case, Vietnamese!

This is likely one of the easiest recipes ever, and it’s pretty healthy too (fruits + coconut milk)–you can treat it like a drink with delicious surprises or as a refreshing fruity dessert. :] I didn’t even need to use any sweeteners because Libby’s Fruit Cocktail is in 100% fruit juice instead of syrup!

Che Thai (Fruit Cocktail in Coconut Milk)

Che Thai (Fruit Cocktail in Coconut Milk) | @fairyburger

Che Thai (Fruit Cocktail in Coconut Milk)

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Che Thai is a light + refreshing Vietnamese dessert that consists of mixed fruit + coconut milk--perfect for a hot summer day!

You'll Need...

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 can Libby's Mixed Fruit Cocktail
  • 1 jar nata de coco (coconut jelly)
  • 1 can lychee (or longan)
  • 1 can toddy palm seeds with jackfruit


  1. Drain the coconut jelly, lychee/longan and toddy palm seeds with jackfruit into a container.
  2. Mix together with coconut milk and mixed fruit cocktail (including juice).
  3. Chill for 1-2 hours before serving.

Che Thai (Fruit Cocktail in Coconut Milk) | @fairyburger

Since I live alone, I kinda tend to stock up on frozen or canned fruits/veggies because…well, much as I may love fresh fruits/veggies, they don’t keep for too long, and I can’t eat that quickly. This ensures that I decrease my potential food waste and makes sure that I still get my fruits and veggie servings in for the day! :] (I’m currently on my outpatient pediatrics rotation, so I’ve been doing a lottttt of nutrition counseling lately.)

In the past, I’ve also used Libby’s vegetables to make Spiced + Stuffed Samosa “Baked” Potatoes and Mixed Vegetable Soup! They definitely make a super nice addition/option for making a quick and healthy meal, appetizer or snack! I still have a few more cans of fruit left, so I’m definitely looking forward to experimenting more with em’!


End-of-Week-ish Recap!

  • Do people often mistake you for another ethnicity?
  • What’s a favorite summer dessert of yours?
  • Are you also melting in this heat?!
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  1. Deanna

    So interesting – sounds refreshing!

    1. Farrah

      It’s definitely been super refreshing for the weather we’ve been having lately! :]
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  2. ShootingStarsMag

    Oh gosh, I’m all about anything cold in the summer. I love ice cream but it makes me sick now so no ice cream for me…sigh. I pinned this for later though! I might have to try it out. It sounds great. 🙂

    I have a friend that is Filipino but I feel like a lot of people don’t even notice when they look at her!

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    1. Farrah

      haha, me too! It’s been super muggy lately, so the colder the better! I hope you like this! :] I need to get more fruit so I can make more–it’s so easy to make! :D!
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  3. Mary

    I used to drink Chai Thai Lattes and loved them. I’ve never had Che Thai, I know it’s nothing like chai thai but it sounds alike 🙂 Sadly I’ve been neglecting my blog a little also, my schedule has been so crazy, it’s hard to get everything done. I’m going to make this Che Thai! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Farrah

      haha, they do look similar. I love chai in the winter and this in the summer! ;P

      I feel ya on the crazy schedule! I hope it calms down for you soon! *-*
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  4. Winding Spiral Case

    Ha people never know what ethnicity I am (Chinese/Dutch). And this recipe looks delish — brings back memories of eating this sort of thing sitting on a tiny stool in a night market in Vietnam. You’re always so creative!

    1. Farrah

      I guess we’re hard to guess, hahaha. 😛

      I’ve never been to Vietnam, but I’d like to visit someday! :]
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  5. Esther

    I have not seen that cocktail mix for years! This looks so perfect for summer!
    Hope things settle down for you (and for me…haha)
    Have a fab week!

    1. Farrah

      haha, I hadn’t used it in a while either, but it’s definitely perfect for summer! 😛

      Oh man, one can only dream, right?! I hope you have an awesome weekend!
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  6. Zoe Lau

    This is such a creative idea. Growing up we always had cans of fruit cocktail at home for fruit salads or when we made Filipino dishes. Love your simple yet amazing ideas. And congratulations on getting accepted into another medical school. We saw in your recent post but comments were disabled so wanted to congratulate you on that as well!

    1. Farrah

      We used to use fruit cocktail for our fruit salads all the time too when we were growing up! :]

      Aww, thank you! That was actually an old post (I think my blog decided to just start disabling comments on old posts to discourage spam :\ I haven’t yet figured out how to fix that, haha.) The top bar of posts on my blog rotates through randomly of posts I’ve written in the past. I really appreciate your kind words though! <3 It still doesn't feel like I'm done with school sometimes! 😮
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  7. Liz

    Such a refreshing drink for summer, yum!
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! :D!
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