In a recent vlog we visit Khon Kaen to have‘bak moh’ noodles.
If you remember them, they are the squishyrice paper dumplings, quickly made over the mouth of a steaming pot.
It was quite unusual to find them in a tastytum yum noodle broth and I thought I should show you the unusual savory snack whence thesetreats originate.
Let’s jump off the BTS skytrain in downtownBangkok at the Ratchathewi Station.
Take a short walk to Phetchaburi Rd.
When you cross the street, walk inside soi7, which is a small alley with a mosque and great collection of halal restaurants.
There I found one older woman making a streetfood snack called ‘khao kriap pak moh’.
I was immediately struck by the woman’sfriendly face and surprised to find anyone (in Bangkok anyway) still making this antiquatedThai snack over furiously burning coals.
Getting started early in the morning, thewoman patiently makes this special Thai treat one by one.
She starts by smoothing out a dollop of wateryrice flour batter and throwing a conical lid on top.
She’s using a smaller version of the sameodd looking pot that Thais use to make sticky rice.
On top of this necked pot is a sort of cheesecloth,which is the perfect tool to give these Thai street food snacks their delicate texture.
After removing the lid she adds a small ballof spiced peanut filling and divides the newly formed rice paper in half.
Then she gently folds them, takes them offthe heat and dabs them with butter so they don’t stick together.
These authentic Thai delicacies get theircolor from the use of pandan leaf which lends a light green, and the light blue – purpleversion comes from adding the buds of ‘anchan’ or butterfly pea flower.
This makes them look pretty, but please takemy warning this is altogether a savory, and only slightly sweet snack.
It is eaten similar to miang kam with a lettucewrap, spicy bird’s eye chili, and fried garlic to sprinkle on top.
This traditional Thai appetizer definitelyisn’t for everyone, but you should try it anyway because it’s quickly losing popularityto more modern snacks.
Finally, although this version does not, beaware some versions do contain pork and shrimp.
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