Thai Sweets: Candy and Khanom Buang
We tried these pyramid shaped candies for the first time at the Sunday Walking Street in June, and we haven’t been able to pass a stall without a bag full since. I believe they are handmade, and I don’t know what they are called, so if you do, please tell me!!! At the market, there is a huge table with 8 or 10 mounds of individually wrapped jelly candies piled by flavor. You grab a bamboo basket, and mix and match your favorites. Some of the flavors that we know are Durian, Black Sesame, Peanut, Coffee, Strawberry, and who knows what else! The texture is a cross between gummy bears and sugar taffy, and they aren’t nearly as sweet as we expected. We normally pick up 10-20 pieces for about 20baht. You can find them at most outdoor markets in Chiang Mai, as well as in Central Huey Kaew Mall tucked away in a corner on the lowest level.
Another street favorite are these miniature crispy pancakes, or Khanom Buang. The pancakes spread thinly on a large iron skillet with a flat wooden tool, and as they are cooking, coconut cream is smeared on top (the white sauce) and then they sprinkle shredded coconut before folding each one like a taco. The orange coconut shreds are a little salty, and the yellow shreds are a little sweet making the perfect combo of crunchy & sweet & salty! These were made at a street stall near the Siam Bank on Suthep Road in Chiang Mai, and were 20baht/plate.