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Cutest Thai Royal Dessert – Luuk Chup

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imageThis one of my favourite desserts for many years. One of the cutest things I have ever seen too besides the beautiful Japanese wagashi. They are called Kanom Luuk Chup (thumb size fruit shaped mung beans) dessert from Thailand. I was lucky to have bought some during my short trip last week to Bangkok. This delicacy originated in the royal palaces of ancient Siam.  Each of them would be skillfully moulded into interesting vegetables and tropical fruits of Asia. It was important that food prepared for the royals tasted good and looked exquisite. It was given as gift to me from a Thai friend more than 10 years ago. By that time, Luuk Chup had reached beyond the walls of the royal palace to the markets of Siam.

They are made with mashed mung beans (the sweetness is well balanced with a hint of saltiness) coated with sugared agar or gelatine.

You can find them now in major supermarkets such as Paragon Bangkok and but one of the best i have tasted in Bangkok is from a stall in Or Tor Kor Market (one of the best market in Thailand) http://www.bangkok.com/shopping-market/or-tor-kor-market.htm#.

I am going to savour them with some nice jasmine lychee green tea in the afternoon.

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Author: ongling

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