Kanom Krok (Thai Traditional Sweet Rice Cake)

Bangkok Travel Guides / August 10, 2016
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Kanom Krok is a traditional Thai sweet rice cake that is made with coconut cream and rice flour.

It is a well-loved choice for snack or dessert in Bangkok because of the delightful marriage of flavors. But what makes it even more interesting is the tragic love story behind it. Make sure to ask the kanom krok vendor about the love story with a sad ending that inspired this delightfully sweet dessert, aptly called ‘dessert of love’.

Traditional khanom krok showcases a layer of rice flour topped with another layer of sweet coconut cream to make up a sphere that is both light and crispy. Modern innovations have resulted in the addition of an assortment of toppings such as corn, taro, and spring onions.

Khanom krok is best enjoyed fresh off the khanom krok pan when it’s still piping hot.

Here are the best places to enjoy kanom krok in Bangkok: Ratchawat Market (Thanan Nakhon Chai Si, Dusit), Cicada Night Market (83/159 Nong Kae-Kho Takiap Road, Hua Hin), and Plearn Wan Eco Village (Soi Hua Hin 38-40 Phet Kasem Road, Hua Hin).

Price of a dozen of kanom krok in these places ranges from 15 baht ($0.50) to 30 baht ($0.90).

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