Chè Bà Ba Instant Pot (Vietnamese Dessert Soup with Coconut Milk)

  • Servings: 4 or more
  • Difficulty: easy
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Author: Katie Le | Katie’s Test Kitchen


    (can use for 3-quart)
  • About 1 lb of yam, cassava/yuca, sweet potato, taro – can be a combination or just 1 kind!(removed skin, cut into small cubes, soaked in salt water for 5 minutes to prevent from root vegetables from turning brown),
  • 1/3 cup of shredded tapioca strips (washed well)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of seaweed strips/dried sliced kelp (washed multiple times, soaked in warm water for 5 minutes, rinsed well)
  • 1/2 cup of peeled split mung beans (washed and rinsed multiple times until liquid runs clear)
  • 1 can of coconut milk, 13.5 fl oz
  • 2 cups of milk (I used 2%)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of sugar (depending on your sweet preference)
  • 1 bag of vanilla sugar OR 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 Pandan leaves (washed, tied into a knot) – OPTIONAL


  1. Add tapioca strips into inner pot along with 2 cup of water.  Make sure the strips are submerged.  Select Manual/Pressure Cook, High Pressure, 3 minutes.  Quick Release
  2. Once the cook time is up, quick release.  Open lid and add cubed vegetables, seaweed strips, mung beans, coconut milk, sugar, vanilla sugar/or vanilla extract, and Pandan leaves if used.  Give the pot a good stir and close lid.  Select Manual/Pressure Cook, High Pressure, 5 minutes.  10 minutes NPR then Quick Release (QR).  ***Please note to be extremely careful when QR with the 3-quart as mixture is close to the valve.  Slowly and gently move valve to Venting to prevent spillage.
  3. Open lid and add 1 to 2 cups of milk depending on how thick you want your dessert to be (I added 2 cups).  Turn on Saute mode and bring to a gentle boil.  Adjust the sweetness level to your taste by adding more sugar.  Remove Pandan leaves if used, turn off “Keep Warm”, remove from IP and serve immediately.
Happy Cooking!



6 Comments on “Chè Bà Ba Instant Pot (Vietnamese Dessert Soup with Coconut Milk)

  1. Would this amount be okay to cook in an 8qt or should I adjust the recipe?

    • It’s a small recipe. I able to cook with the 3-quart. So it would be fine if you use any size bigger such as the 8-quart.

  2. Soo good! Just made it today and everyone loved it,thanks Katie🙏😍, btw if I like to add lotus seed into the pot,would the pressure cooking time still the same?

    • I’d add the lotus seeds with the tapioca strips and leave it in there the whole time. Let me know if it turns out good?

  3. Hi Katie, love your recipes from FB. Just wondering, can you substitute the milk with something that is dairy free and which do you think would taste best?

    • Hi Vi, just replace it with coconut milk. Sorry for the late response.

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