Kanom kai nok krata is a snack in Bangkok made of sweet potato, which can be a tad bit confusing because kanom means ‘snack’ in Thai while kai nok krata means ‘quail eggs’. This well-loved street food is named such because its shape and size resembles that of a quail egg. But all resemblance ends there.
Khanom kai nok krata are warm, deep-fried puffy balls of sweet potato, tapioca starch, and sugar. Fresh off the wok, these are crispy on the outside and deliciously soft and airy on the inside. What makes these sweet potato balls unique is the limestone water used in the batter, which makes the exterior really crispy.
Delightful as they are, Thai sweet potato balls are not a common find on the streets of Bangkok. This is why you should definitely buy yourself several pieces the moment you see a kanom kai nok krata cart.
Here are the best places to enjoy kanom kai nok krata: Sukhumvit Soi 38 (Sukhumvit 38 Alley, Phra Kanong, Khlong Toei); Soi Petchburi 19 (Petchburi Road, Pratunam); and Silom Complex (4 Silom, Bang Rak).
Price of kanom kai nok krata in these places ranges from 7 baht ($0.20) to 18 baht ($0.50).