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Bambu Desserts & Drinks

May 02, 2013 07:59AM ● By Style

Photo by Kelly Soderland, © Style Media Group.

Bambu Desserts & Drinks opened a store in Rocklin to much fanfare at the beginning of this year, and there’s a good reason why: Devotees of the chain’s che (a Vietnamese term that refers to any traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, dessert soup or pudding) previously had to make the drive to South Sacramento’s Little Saigon neighborhood. For those unfamiliar with che, don’t expect your usual flour, butter or sugar confection—these desserts are a combination of solids and liquids with both savory and sweet components. I hadn’t had che since my college days in Orange County and was excited to rediscover this texturally pleasing treat. My guest was unfamiliar, so I ordered her a Milk Tea with Jelly (considered a drink), and a Bambu Special (a dessert) for myself: long strips of coconut mixed with pandan jelly, longan and basil seed in a sweet liquid with ice and served with a spoon. It’s unfamiliar to the Western tongue, yet instantly pleasing and surprisingly refreshing. Bambu’s Rocklin outpost’s décor is designed to resemble a modern lounge: upholstered armchairs and a sofa rest under a flat-screen TV, inviting guests to stay a while. If you’re unsure of how to navigate the menu, just ask the friendly staff—you’ll soon discover why Bambu is such a cult classic. Bambu Desserts & Drinks, 1240 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 100, Rocklin. 916-899-6869,

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