The Best Thai Desserts That You Have Never Heard of

Khao Neow Ma Muang ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง

Mango and sticky rice are known around the world, for a good reason. It tastes like heaven. But don’t leave Thailand without tasting these often overlooked equally yummy desserts.

Coconut Jello – Woon Ma Plow

It can be made of coconut milk and coconut water or served in a coconut shell with the young coconut flesh. A fantastic way to eat jello.

 Khao Mahk ข้าวหมาก

This is an ancient Thai dessert for adults 😉 as it has a touch of natural alcohol. This Thai dessert that is made from sticky rice. It was steamed and fermented for  2 – 3 days to convert from starch into sugar and yeast is used to convert sugar into alcohol. You can find it at the traditional food market under the Airport plaza shopping mall.

Palm Leaf Treat – Khanom Jark ขนมจาก

Flour, coconut meat, sugar and salt grilled in a palm leaf wrapper. Simple and sweet. You can find this at local markets but watch out, Thais also like to grill fermented pork and fish in banana leaves. So make sure you ask for Khanom Jark

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Pumpkin and Custard Sang Kaya Fug Tong สังขยาฟักทอง

It all begins with a pumpkin that’s hollowed out and filled with the creamiest custard you can ever imagine. The whole pumpkin is then sliced into pie-like pieces and served normally as a takeaway treat. It’s rich and sweet.


Sticky Rice in Bamboo Khao Lam ข้าวหลาม

Sticky rice is sweetened with black beans and thick coconut syrup and roasted in a bamboo pole over low fire. After the Khao Lam is roasted, it’s hacked open with a machete and ready to be served. t can be prepared with white or dark purple (khao niao dam) varieties of glutinous rice. Thai people present Kaolam to monks to make merit, but you can eat it too. It is also good to dipped in sweet condensed milk.


Roti Gluay โรตีกล้วย (Banana Pancake Treat)*

A doughy pastry fried in butter with a banana and egg mixture on the inside before being covered with sugar and sweetened condensed milk.


Sweet Thai Crepe Khanom Buang ขนมเบื้อง

Thin taco like crispy crepes filled with meringue.

Palm Sugar PuddingKhanom Tarn ขนมตาล 

These small little cakes taste a little like cornbread, but instead of corn, they are made from palm heart. They are steamed in palm branches and then served along the streets of Chiang Mai.

Coconut Pancake Pang Gi แป้งจี่ 

Thai dessert that made from glutinous flour mix with shredded coconut and palm sugar. Vendor roasts them on a pan. This dessert can come in light yellow or deep purple. These are at most local markets in Chiang Mai and the night market near Wararot.

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