Great Thai Dessert For Great Ceremonies
The history of Thai desserts that normally use in ceremonies
I am the one who dream to getting marry in Thai traditional wedding. The concept of the wedding is the same as other countries. But the most interesting part of Thai traditional wedding is desserts. There are 7 desserts that contain a good name when a groom propose a bride. (Dessert = Khanom in Thai language)
The main ingredients in Thai desserts are eggs,normally use the yokes, sugar, fresh coconut milk and rice flour. In fact exotic Thai desserts don't mix any yolks in it. But in King Narai (1956-1688) period, there were many Western countries came to Siam or Thailand namely Spain, Franch, Protugal and other countries for colonisation.
The most important person in the history of Thai dessert was Marie Guimar, a half-blood of Protugese father and a Japanese mother, a foreign lady who introduced several exotic Thai desserts to Siam in the reign of King Narai. Her husband was Constantine Phaulkon, a greek sailor who rose to the highest non-hereditary rank of Chao Praya Wichayen.
Marie's husband gained special favour and trust from King Narai, causing envy and concern among the native countries. Unfortunately after the King fell seriouly ill. Phaulkon was arrested and put to death while Marie herself was sent to jail. Marie's life remained miserable until the reign of King Thaisa (1709 - 1733), who recognized of the worth and abilities of lady and put her in charge of the royal household kitchen with as many as 2,000 women work under her.This provided her with an opportunity to teach women in the palace the art of cooking, especially many desserts from Protugal with yolk and sugar as main ingredients like Tong Yip, Tong Yod and Foi Thong as I will persent in the article. Most of the desserts created by Marie still remain in the present.
Custard in the Pumkin
Cooking Thai Dessert
Once I cooked custard in the pumkin (Sangkhaya Fuckthong) for my family by following the cook book. You know what I learned from the cook book last time. Don't trust it all, the cheif or author never let you have a secret in that recipe. Do you want to know why................
After I prepared the main ingredients which were eggs, sugar, coconut milk and pandanus, according to the cook book. Important time coming I poured the raw custard into the pumkin and streamed it at for 30 minutes as mentioned in the cooking method.
Time passed by so slowly at that moment. After 30 minutes passed by I open the stream pot to check my masterpiece, the custard raw still. I thought that I opened the stream pot to early. Then I decided to left it for another 15 minutes waited for the custard ready.
While I waited for my dessert, I imagined that my dad and my sisters would love my pumkin at our dinner.
Time came.....ohhh lalaaa when I opened the cover of a stream pot, the pumkin cooked but the custard unchanged to any form but liquid, LOL.
What the &*^^^^&&& !! I sadly trew it away. The custard could not even made a omlette because it's too sweet to be a meal.
But I did NOT give up cooking Thai dessert. I could cooked easy dishes like pumkin in the coconut milk, banana in coconut milk, sweet green peas in the ginger water. Cooking is neither easy nor difficult. It's art!!
Thai Desserts - Khanom Thai
Thai Desserts In Great Celemony
There are meaningly 7 - 9 Thai desserts normally used in the great celemonies like Thai Traditional Wedding or even special dishes for the royal or VIP guests. Most of the desserts contain the beautiful name like Thong Yip (Thong = Gold, Yip= Grant, Get), Thong Yod (Yod = drop). So these desserts always serve in the great celemonies or some serve to the royal family only (in the past) like Jah Mongkut and it's very hard to find this dessert in the market at the present.
- Thong Yip If it's good Thong Yip will never smell of yolks or eggs and it has sweet taste. Thong Yip means getting rich by gold means wealth in Thai. It make of yolks from duck's eggs, coconut milk then boil it in syrup. The flower shape comes from using figer tips.
- Thong Yod means continuous wealth because it means gold drop continuously equal to getting richer and sustain wealth. The main ingredients are same as Thong Yip but the method of making its shape is different. The chief use their own technic to make it like a teardrop - shape dessert.
- Foy Thong means long lasting love and good fortune because of its like a golden noodle which contains a positive meaning in long-lasting, although, in China. And of course it has a very good taste.
- Sa Neh Chan means charming, loving and attractive by senior or even lover. Its ingredients are flesh coconut milk, eggs, rice flour and adding Chan herb in it.
- Med Kha Noon means you will get supported by the other people. Because the word "Noon" in Thai means support to success. It made of rice floor mixed with boiled green peas, and cover by sweet syrup.
- Thong Ake means one with life or good one in life. It is meaningful for bride and groom because it means faithful. The ingredients are eggs, coconut milk and flour and some chiefs put the gold sheet on it.
- Khanom Chan or Thai Layer Cake means advancement in career and continual success. This dessert I really don't like it when I was young. It likes putting the different colors of flour sheets but has the same taste. But now as some people develop it by making it less sweet, smell sweet and slightly different taste in each layer. It taste very nice!!
- Jah Mongkut means superiority like a King. Because Mongkut means crown in Thai, so in the past this dessert served to the Royal family only. And even now it's very rare selling in the market.
And there are many mountering desserts in Thai. I just want to introduce some meaningful desserts to you and I hope you will enjoy my article.