The curries and stir-fries of Thailand may come to mind first when you think about the cuisine of the southeast Asian nation, but desserts and sweets in Thailand are also renowned for their bold flavors and use of fresh ingredients.
The most traditional dessert in Thailand is fresh fruit. All types of fruit, ranging from strawberries to mangoes, are frequently offered at the conclusion of meals, and fresh fruit is also a common accompaniment to many Thai dessert dishes.
Popular Thai Desserts
A few of the more popular desserts in Thailand are:
- Bua loi: Served warm, Bua Loi are rice balls in coconut milk. Made from rice and tapioca flour, the dish is frequently accompanied by a poached egg. Bua loi nam king is essentially the same dish, except the rice balls are soaked in hot ginger soup.
- Chao kuai: A grass jelly, this dessert is bitter in taste and frequently served with ice and brown sugar or fruit.
- Fak thong sang-ka-ya: This pumpkin custard consists of eggs, coconut cream, pandanus leaves, salt and sugar.
- Khanom chan: This multilayered sweet cake is made from corn, rice, tapioca flour, coconut milk, pandanus leaves, sugar, salt and jasmine-infused water. The cake is often cut to resemble the shape of various plants and animals.
- Khanom tan: A cake made from the fruit of toddy palm trees, rice flour, yeast, sugar, coconut cream and milk, this dessert is similar in texture to sponge cake.
- Khao niaw ma-muang: This fruity dessert is a mango served on sticky rice and flavored with coconut milk and syrup. The whole dish is often covered with a coconut cream sauce and optional garnishes like toasted sesame seeds.
- Khao neow dahm: Rice pudding made from black sticky rice, coconut milk, sugar, salt, toasted sesame seeds, shredded coconut, strawberries and mint leaves has a rich, nutty flavor.
- Tab tim grob: Water chestnuts dyed red, coated in flour and simmered in boiling water, then added to a syrup of water, sugar and coconut milk and served with ice.
You won’t have to go to a fancy restaurant to enjoy the delights of Thailand. Several of these popular Thai desserts are among the many meals that are available through Thai street food vendors.