The BEST Thai Desserts
Thailand is world-famous for its bright and tasty food. While many dishes such as Thai coconut curries are well known, it’s not always the case with Thai desserts. Like appetizers they’re extremely tasty. In fact, they’re so good they could replace appetizers all-together! Watch our video of these visually stunning sweet delights.
When you visit Thailand, you must try these Thai desserts.
Khanom Chan (ขนมชั้น)
This sweet treat with multiple layers of pandanus is highly popular with Thai people. It’s also supposed to to bring you good luck at work! The different layers are said to represent different levels at work. Now, if you eat Khanom Chan on a regular basis you could be promoted!
Typically, there are 9 layers of pandanus, as 9 is believed to be a lucky number in Thailand. Delicious and a career booster, what more could you ask for?
Khanom Krok (ขนมครก)
These tasty little coconut cups are on street corners through-out Bangkok. Cooked in a charcoal-heated pan with small craters, which help create their distinctive shape, these desserts can be eaten with a variety of sweet or savory toppings, such as sweet corn, taro and spring onions.
Luk Chub (ลูกชุบ)
Luk Chub is a dessert made of steamed mung beans, which are laboriously ground into a paste. The paste is then delicately shaped into miniature Thai vegetables and fruits, dipped into food coloring and glazed with gelatin. The glaze gives Luk Chub its bright colors and attractive sheen. Once you get started, you’ll find it hard to to stop eating.
Bua Loy (บัวลอย)
Bua Loy is a delicious bowl of sticky rice balls mixed with sweetened coconut milk. This dessert is often served in traditional Thai fashion with half a boiled egg. Best eaten while hot, but delicious at room temperature too!
Khanom Tan (ขนมตาล)
This dessert is also known as Toddy Palm Cake and is most often found in areas where sugar palm is abundant. It’s made from the pulp of Toddy Palm fruit and is incredibly tasty. Khanom Tan isn’t always the easiest to find, but if you visit the Thip Samai Pad Thai (ผัดไทยทิพย์สมัย) restaurant in Bangkok, you’ll find this delight being cooked up before your eyes by the waiting area. Yes, the ideal pre-dinner snack!
Thip Samai Pad Thai Restaurant is located at:
313 Maha Chai Rd, Khwaeng Samran Rat in Bangkok.
Khanom Sordsai (ขนมสอดไส้)
You may have to search for this one, but it’s worth the journey. Khanom Sordsai is wrapped in a banana leaf and filled with sweetness. It’s made with flour and coconut milk to create a coconut filling guaranteed to make any sweet tooth happy.
Sang Kaya Fug Thong (สังขยาฟักทอง)
Try the Thai version of America’s cherished pumpkin pie. Made from a hollowed-out pumpkin, it’s then filled with rich, creamy custard and cut into slices. Perfect if you’re on the go.
Takoh is skillfully created using thick coconut cream, coconut pulp and sugar. The combination forms a delicious mixture which is steamed to form a coconut custard. Takoh can be eaten plain but you’ll also find it served on tapioca or wrapped in banana leaf.
Tong Yip (ทองหยิบ)
Tong Yip loosely translates to “something gold you pick up.” This bright golden dessert will catch your eye. It’s made with egg yolk and flour and is then stewed in a syrup containing jasmine-scented water and sugar. Tong Yip is cooked in the shape of a five-pointed star and served in china cups.
Foy Tong (ฝอยทอง)
Foy Tong is supposed to represent good fortune and long-lasting love. This goodness consists of egg yolk poured through a narrow funnel into a pot of syrup. The yolk turns into rich golden threads, which are then stirred before removed from the heat and wrapped.
Woon Bai Toey (วุ้นใบเตย)
How about a combination of fragrant pandan leaves and layers of coconut jelly? Since Thai jelly than what we find in Europe or the US, these treats keep their shape and are easier to eat.
Tong Yod (ทองหยอด)
Because of its gold drop shape, evoking the idea of a constant flow of riches, Tong Yod represents continuous wealth. Tong Yod is formed from a mixture of flour and egg yolk and is cooked in a bubbling flower syrup. The distinctive shape is formed by dropping some of it from your finger’s tip into the hot syrup.
Med Kanoon (เม็ดขนุน)
When you eat Med Kanoon, you’re supposed to receive the support others. It’s created using mashed mung beans and is mixed with coconut milk to form a thick paste. This paste is then shaped into balls, dipped in egg yolk and cooked in syrup.
Tuay Fu (ถ้วยฟู)
Tuay Fu is concocted using fragrant flower syrups. Traditionally, it’s served on special occasions to help increase prosperity and bestow blessings on whoever eats it.
Khao Niew Ma Muang (ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง)
Best known as sweet sticky rice with mango, this is one of the most popular Thai desserts. You’ll love the sweet sticky rice drizzled with coconut cream combined with slices of ripe mangle.
Try some of these Thai desserts when you visit the Land of Smiles. Each is unique and some may give you good luck, support, or more!