Thetraveljunkie.org – I love cooking and it definitely relaxes me. When in Chiang Mai, I attended a “Thai dessert cooking class” courtesy by Chiang Mai Celadon. We arrived at an amazing Thai traditional house. I liked what I saw. I took a seat, and the first thing our chef said to the class was, “This is a hand’s on class! And you’re going to be cooking a Thai dessert”. Kao Tom Mud (Banana sticky rice) is a Thai dessert made with sticky rice, coconut and a variety of additions to taste, bananas, all wrapped up in banana leaves.
I looked around the place and saw that EVERYONE was happy, smiling and excited. They were keen, helpful, and friendly. The experience was terrifying, nerve-racking but exhilarating at the same time. As if YOU were on a TV cooking show and millions of people were watching you!!! Haha what a rush!
500 g of sticky rice, soaked overnight in cold water
2 cups of freshly grated coconut mixed with a pinch of salt
250 ml (1 cup) of warm water
200 g of caster sugar
200 g of cooked kidney beans
12 pieces of banana leaves
2 sweet bananas, halved lengthways and diagonally sliced
01). Rinse the soaked rice, then drain. Steam for 25 minutes, or until cooked.
02). Place the grated coconut with salt and warm water in a bowl and combine well. Using your hands, squeeze coconut well to extract coconut cream, then strain liquid to remove any solids. You need 250 ml (1 cup) liquid for this recipe.
03). Place the coconut cream in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Stir in the sugar and cook until dissolved, then add the kidney beans. Pour the coconut mixture over the sticky rice and mix well.
04). Cut each banana leaf into 21 cm pieces. To soften, steam for 5 minutes, or allow to dry in the sun until pliable.
05). Place 1 tbsp of the sticky rice mixture onto each banana leaf and top with a piece of sugar banana. Repeat with remaining rice, banana. Fold into parcels and steam, seam-side down, for 35 minutes.
How to make Kao Tom Mud (Banana Sticky Rice) at ChiangMai Celadon, a brand and symbol of Chiang Mai Celadon glazed ceramics, producing and distributing Celadon, celadon ceramic, dinnerware, home décor, gifts, and souvenirs, targeting tourists and visitors to Chiang Mai province, as well as Thai customers with an interest and appreciation for traditional Chiang Mai Celadon art and Thai cultural products. #AmazingThailand #ThaiAirways // @tourismthailand @thaiairways @unwto
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So these were our final Thai dessert.
I had such a great time! It was a really wonderful way to spend a morning. A big thanks to Mrs. Tassanee Yaja and the gurus of Kao Tom Mud! You’ll be seeing me again!
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