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The Ultimate Thailand Sweets Guide

The Ultimate Thailand Sweets Guide
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With so much variety among Thai desserts or Thai khanom, knowing where to start can be difficult. To get the most out of everything Thai desserts have to offer, we have narrowed it down to the Ultimate Guide of all that is sweet in Thailand; the best of the best and noteworthy dishes to test out at home! 

Sticky Rice

Sticky rice is incredibly popular across the Thai dessert spectrum and is often the cornerstone of many popular dishes. Although it is not exclusively a dessert accompaniment, its focus in sweet dishes and the distinct flavour, fluffy texture and surprising richness makes it one of our ultimate must-try's.

Thai sticky rice is prepared with a specific grain, often just referred to as Thai sticky rice, which is much larger and more turgid when steamed (much like gummy worm texture). This is to ensure the rice is moist and has that sticky feel. It is first soaked overnight and then steamed in a teeneung khao neow, a large, conical bamboo basket. The weave of the basket traps steam and allow it to rise evenly and cook the rice perfectly.  

Our recommendation is Khao Mak, a Thai fermented sticky rice with a touch of natural alcohol, often wrapped in banana leaves. The sweet alcoholic taste is optimal for adults when accompanied by Look-pang - a starchy, garlic and galangal ball that counteracts the strength of the alcohol taste.

Although Khao Mak is especially popular, variations on this one are endless - in Banana Leaf, in Bamboo, with Mango, with coconut milk, on its own. Like ice cream, it goes with everything! There is never too much and is so classical to Thai cuisine that you must try this one at home to believe how scrumptious it truly is!

Thong yip

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Egg yolk tarts differ in size, shape and sweetness and are often made for only the most special of occasions. Flower or Pinched Thong yip are often wedding treats or housewarming gifts. It is believed gifting Thong yip will ensure success, wealth and joy to the recipient. Thong means gold, while yip means 'to pick up'. It is said that consuming Thong yip will make everything you touch turn to gold and bring abundance into your household - yes please! 

Jelly

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Jelly, second to sticky rice, is central to Thai desserts and is often found as an adornment on top of other popular desserts. 
Khanom Chun is the most popular, referred to as Thai Jello. It is created by combining sugar, coconut milk and flour, allowed to set in a biscuit/cookie pan overnight and served like a slice. 

Surprising to many, jelly is often combined not only with desserts but in sweet drinks, like Thai milk teas. Popular varieties of this dessert include Thai Jelly, Layered Coffee Jelly, Lychee Jelly and Coconut Jelly.

Thapthim krop

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Produced by colouring water chestnuts submerged in a sticky syrup, Thapthim krop is another famous Thai dessert. It directly translates to 'crispy rubies', as the chestnuts absorb the red colouring, appearing pearlescent and deliciously plump. It is most likely to be served with coconut milk and ice cubes, which adds a smoothness and some texture to the dessert - however, eating the beads of flavour by themselves is pretty tasty too!

Try it at home

At the centre of almost all Thai desserts is one key ingredient: coconut milk! The versatility of coconut milk in the region allows for a range of dishes to adapt the creamy and rich flavour with ease. To try any of our Thai Sweets or your own take on a Thai dessert, a good base is always the best place to start. Try our Coconut Cream ingredient sauce by simply adding water, and within seconds you have a base for your Thai dessert creations!

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