Must-Try Thai Desserts

From traditional Thai markets to upscale restaurants, Thai desserts are an integral part of Thai culture and culinary tradition. They are made with fresh and quality local ingredients such as tropical fruits, glutinous rice, palm sugar, rice flour and coconut milk.

Here are 5 must-try Thai desserts.

#1 Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Niaow Ma Muang) is one of the most popular desserts in Thailand with its luscious combination of sweet tangy mango slices and fragrant sticky rice drenched in creamy coconut milk. Its popularity has transcended Thailand’s borders, captivating the hearts and taste buds of people around the world, so much so that it is one of two Thai desserts that made it to CNN’s list of the world’s 50 best desserts. It is a common sight at Thai markets, street stalls, high-end restaurants and even food outlets at the international airports for travellers to bring home.

#2 Thai Banana Fritters

Thai Banana Fritters (Kluay Kaek) is a beloved street food and dessert that features ripe bananas coated in a light batter and fried to crispy perfection. The result is a delectable blend of sweet and savoury, often enjoyed with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

#3 Red Rubies (Tub Tim Grob)

Red Rubies (Tub Tim Grob) is a refreshing and vibrant dessert that is a feast for the eyes and palate. It is made of small, chewy chestnut pieces resembling precious gemstones that are immersed in fragrant coconut milk infused with pandan leaves, accompanied by shaved ice. The result is a delicious treat with contrasting textures and a delightful interplay of sweet, savoury and creamy flavours. Tub Tim Grob is the other Thai dessert that is listed on the CNN’s list of the world’s 50 best desserts.

#4 Glutinous Rice Balls in Coconut Milk

Glutinous Rice Balls in Coconut Milk (Bua Loi) comprises small, chewy glutinous rice flour dumplings and warm, aromatic coconut milk. The gentle sweetness and homey warmth make it a favourite for both locals and visitors seeking comfort in every bite. The dumplings come in various colours and sizes, making for a visually appealing dessert that is not only delightful to the palate but also a treat for the eyes.

#5 Thai Crispy Pancakes

Lastly, Thai Crispy Pancakes (Khanom Bueang) is an ancient Thai snack from the Ayutthaya period. Thin, crispy shells are first slathered with meringue then topped with either sweet or savoury fillings such as Foi Thong (sweet golden egg yolk threads), shredded coconut or stir-fried dried shrimp, creating a tantalizing experience with every bite.

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