Friday, 24 October 2014

5 Must-Try Thai Desserts

Thailand is famous for its delightful desserts, a spillover of the country’s reputation as home to spicy and savory dishes. Typically, the sweet tooth amongst us can draw much pleasure in the indigenous flavor of Thai desserts as generously provided by fresh fruits, coconut, and sticky rice. Be sure to try the following desserts during your stay at ShaSa Resort.
Khao niew mamuang
This is the perfect combination of coconut cream, slow-cooked coconut sticky rice, and ripe mangoes. It has become so popular that Thai restaurants overseas also offer this dessert. Partaking of this offering though is best in Thailand because of the superior quality of the local mangoes. This dessert can be found in classy restaurants as well as in makeshift street stalls.
Khao niew bing
Also known as khanom bing, this dessert is prepared with sweet sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves. It is slow-cooked within a Thai traditional basket and mixed with sugar and coconut milk prior to being molded around chunks of sweet taro root or banana, all wrapped in banana leaves. Its sweet taste isn’t overpowering and what dominate are the quaint undertones of fruit and coconut in addition to the hints of smoked banana leaves. Sidewalk stalls typically sell this dessert.
Luk chup
This dessert stands out not only because of its exquisite taste, as its brilliant colors are also quite impressive. It is a Thai adaptation of the Portuguese sweet almond snack. Its ingredients include boiled mung bean, coconut milk and sugar all mixed into a pulp. The resulting mixture is then molded into various shapes resembling eggs, fruits, or other enticing items. For the finishing touches, colorful jellies are applied. Prepared food markets, along with a few select cafes and restaurants, are the main outlets for luk chup.
This is a yeast-less bread similar to the pancakes which originated from India. The Thai-styled roti is flaky outside and soft inside. Its preparation calls for swift and continuous flips of the dough on a greased and hot skillet. Roti comes either plain or stuffed with fillings like pineapple or banana. This dessert is a regular fare in Thai restaurants.
I-dtim mat phrao
This dessert is Thailand’s version of the European-American ice cream. It is prepared by combining pounded ice with a mix of coconut milk, sweet-flavored syrups, and sweet gelatin. Fresh fruit is added on top to complete the presentation of this dessert which is sold by mobile ice cream vendors.
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