We have finally made it to Thailand and have been enjoying the hospitality of the “Land of Smiles” for about two weeks now.
Time to post something about their desserts.
We have had the pleasure to try Khao Tom Mad recently. It is a dessert made from sticky rice, coconut milk, and bananas wrapped in banana leaves to make little pouches.
Hidden inside the banana leaf at first we weren’t so sure about the contents, but were assured it was something sweet to eat as dessert.
And we surely weren’t disappointed when we tried it.
Basically, it tastes like a well-balanced combination of all the ingredients. Half a banana wrapped in sweet, coconut flavored sticky rice.
I like them best freshly made, when the Khao Tom Mad is still warm. But it can also be kept in the fridge and then eaten as a refreshing snack.
- 1⅔ cups sweet (glutinous or sticky) rice
- 2 cups coconut cream
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- pinch of salt
- 4 small bananas, halved
- 8 pieces banana leaf or you can also use aluminium foil, 6" x 10"
- Soak the rice in water overnight
- Combine coconut cream, sugar and salt in a separate bowl
- Drain the rice and place into a non-stick pan
- On low heat slowly add the coconut cream mixture while stirring with a wooden spoon
- Keep stirring over simmering heat until the rice is tender and all of the coconut milk is absorbed
- This may take up to one hour, be patient
- Let the rice cool.
- Put a small amount of rice on a banana leaf or piece of foil
- Place half a banana on top
- Cover with more rice
- Fold up the leaf and tie securely (not necessary when using foil)
- Repeat until all bananas are used up
- Steam the little packages for 15 minutes in a steamer