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Sweet Vietnamese pastry?

Agent Orange | Oct 7, 2010 09:09 PM

I'm catering an small event which calls for Vietnamese hors d'oeuvres. The savory side of the menu is taken care of, however we'd like to serve hot and cold Vietnamese coffee afterwards. I am trying to think of something to nibble on that would go with the coffee and still be Vietnamese. If I weren't restricted, I could think of dozens of Western-style pastries that are made to be consumed with coffee. To my surprise, I haven't been able to find something comparable from Vietnam, despite the French influence. One idea I had was to make pâté chaud with a sweet filling instead of pork. Maybe guava paste, but now I'm afraid I'm straying into Cuban territory. It seems like most of the desserts I've come across are rices and soups. Does anyone have any advice to offer? The only requirements are that the item be Vietnamese (or related/riffed from Viet cuisine) and that it can be eaten by hand from a small plate or napkin. Gluten-free would be a great bonus.

I hope someone's got a suggestion, I'm stumped.

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