Thai coconut dumplings are cross between dumpling and pancake. They have a custard-like texture with a little crunch. These dumplings have two layers: a little salty in the bottom and little sweet on the top.
These luscious coconut treats are especially popular in street food stalls. They typically are found on site street food booths. Those vendors usually maintain two iron pans over gas or charcoal ranges on their carts.
Coconut batter and sweet coconut cream form the components of the top and bottom layers. During preparation, these are contained in two separated kettles. The snacks need to be steamed with the lids on. To make them a little fancier, just chop-up and add some scallions or add kernel corns. Sound interesting, doesn’t it?
Thai Coconut Dumplings Ingredients (24 pieces)
½ cup of rice flour
½ cup of coconut milk
2 tablespoons of water
¼ teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of oil
½ cup of coconut cream
2 tablespoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of tapioca starch
Thai Coconut Dumplings Methods
● For the top layer, take the thicker, creamier part of a can of coconut milk and add it in a small bowl. Mix well with the sugar and tapioca starch. Put aside.
● For the bottom layer, combine the rest of the coconut milk from the can, rice flour, salt and water in a small bowl.
● Lightly oil a mini muffin pan. Add 2 teaspoons of the base layer mixture and put in a preheated oven (400F degrees) for 8-10 minutes. Remove for the oven and add 1 teaspoon of the top layer mixture. Put back in the oven for 3-5 minutes.
● Take the pan out from the oven and let it cool down for a few minutes before removing the snacks.
● Enjoy your sweets!
Thai Coconut Dumplings Conclusion
I don’t have a kanom krok iron pan in my kitchen. It is more practical for my homemade version to cook in the oven in a mini muffin pan. It works fine! The food texture might not be crunchy as cooking in an iron pan; however, the flavor is not much different. You can purchase the authentic iron pans online. Of course, these produce the version that is original and the real deal.
This delicious treat is likely a traditional dessert or sweet snack. It is such a nourishing morsel, full of coconut zest. Every time I see kanom krok carts, I can’t resist them. My favorite is a plain style, with no topping, please. My local vendor sells these snacks in the morning. I mostly missed them. Sorry, I don’t get up too early! It is better to eat these treats right away. After a while, they get cold and get mushy, not for me! Regardless, I can make my homemade coconut dumplings in my kitchen anytime. They are always warm and delicious!