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How to Cook Traditional Thai Sweets – Village Style

cooking traditional sweets in Thailand
Traditional sweet preparation in Thailand

The best, cheapest, and healthiest sweets in Thailand are the traditional home made ones. They are sold in markets, from road-side stands and mobile motorbike carts. In the video at the bottom of this post you will see how they are made in a Thai village setting.

They are far superior to the packaged factory made, chemical laden junk food sweets that are widely available everywhere in Thailand. 

The traditional Thai sweets contain just a few ingredients and no chemicals or additives. On top of that they are ridiculously cheap. 

After eating Thai sweets you don’t feel heavy in your stomach -they are not hard to digest. These sweets are often wrapped in leaves or even roasted in leaves. They can sometimes be sticky and they don’t always look glamorous, but boy, do they taste good!

This video shows how one particular sweet, called “Kanom Pad” in the Thai language, is made in the villages. The actual event was a sweet making competition during a large festival in the town of Omkoi in the northern mountains of Thailand.

You can see that making the sweets was as much fun as eating them!


ShamaThe author, Shama Kern, has been living in Thailand with his Thai wife for well over a decade. He is the founder and director of Thai Healing Massage Academy, an online training school for Thai Massage. You can reach him at shama@shamakern.com

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