3 Delicious ingredients combine into a strange yet wonderful Thai dessert that will keep you smiling! Find the recipe for Khao Tom Mad here!
We’ve finally made it to Thailand and have been enjoying the hospitality of the “Land of Smiles” for about two weeks now. Thailand truly is a lovely country with wonderful, happy people.
One thing I love about traveling is discovering different foods, especially desserts from different cultures and countries. Therefore, I felt like the timing was right to post something about traditional Thai desserts.
We’ve 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 of deliciousness. To some, including myself, at first, I wasn’t sure such a thing sounded appetizing. Sticky rice for dessert? Hidden inside the banana leaf were contents we weren’t too sure about, but we were assured by many people it was something sweet to eat as a dessert.
I Loved This Exotic Little Dessert!
That being said, my mind was quickly changed as soon as I tried this traditional dessert. The coconut milk adds a sweetness to the rice, whereas the banana balances the sweetness out as well as adding a little natural sweetness, which makes it a desirable treat for dessert or just a snack!
We were anything but 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. All of these ingredients were not only delicious together, but they balanced each other out perfectly. We were extremely pleased with this interesting dessert.
I like them best when they’re 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. Both are great options and it tastes great both ways!
If you’re feeling adventurous, looking to try something new or looking for an exotic dessert, you can make Khao Tom Mad yourself. It’s perfect for a refreshing summer snack or dessert. Those of you who love tropical desserts or the combination or naturally sweet foods, like coconut or banana, will really get a kick out of this dessert!
Khao Tom Mad – Thai Sticky Rice Cake with Banana
- 1 ⅔ cups sticky rice also called sweet, or glutinous rice
- 2 cups coconut cream
- ¼ cup sugar up to ½ cup for sweeter rice cakes
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4 small bananas halved
- 8 pieces banana leaf or you can also use aluminium foil 6" x 10"
Preparing the rice
- Rince the rice and soak in water at least 4 hours or overnight.
- After soaking, drain the rice and transfer to a non-stick pan. Stir in the coconut cream, sugar and salt.
- Heat gently on low heat while stirring with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula.
- Keep stirring over simmering heat until all of the coconut milk is absorbed and the rice is mostly tender.
- Let the rice cool while you prepare your bananas and wrappers.
- Put a small amount of rice on a banana leaf or piece of foil*.
- Place half a banana on top. Then cover with more rice. Wet your fingers to keep the rice from sticking to much.
- In total use about ⅓ - ½ cup cooked rice per rice cake.
- Fold up the leaf and tie securely (not necessary when using foil).
- Repeat until all bananas are used up.
- Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a steamer pot. Steam the little packages for 20-25 minutes in the steamer until the rice is completely soft and cooked through.
- Enjoy warm or cold.
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