Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Another Common Snack: Khanom Thung Tag

One of the more common snacks you'll see if you venture away from the main tourist traffic areas is khanom thung tag.

As you can see in the clip above, batter made with coconut milk and flour is spread into the bottom and up the sides of a well-heated heavy skillet designed primarily for this dessert.  Depending on where you are in the country (or, indeed, where the cook is from) they'll then add a few simple ingredients to the coconut that's almost always used, fold the shell shut, scoop it up and put it onto a rack to cool slightly before it's ready to eat.

The clip was taken at the night festival in Laem Sing, and the coconut was young and moist. I've also seen it made with colored and more dry coconut and other things.

The black sesame seeds and the sprinkling of sugar weren't really necessary (in my opinion, anyway) but it certainly added to the overall sweetness of the treat.  They were soft, warm, sweet and gooey.  Magnificent.

If you see them being sold from a cart somewhere and haven't already tried them, do so - even if you're not particularly hungry and think you won't be able to finish it. you do. They're truly delicious.

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