steamed coconut milk custard pudding

Steamed Coconut Milk Pudding (Kanom Tuay)


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A simple down to earth Thai dessert that consists of two parts – a sweet base with a custard like texture, and a salty creamy topping.

The layers are steamed in small cups or ramekins and then served – the contrast between the sweet base and the salty top is what makes these so distinct, and the texture is similar to custard but unique in its own way. They are quite easy to make, and don’t need many ingredients which makes them a low cost and popular street food.

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Step 1: Begin by adding 1/8 cup of water and a couple of drops of pandan extract to a jug, and mix together. Then add 1/4 cup of rice flour, 1/4 cup of palm sugar, 1 tbsp of ground arrowroot and 1/2 cup of coconut milk to the jug and mix everything together. Keep stirring until the mixture is as lump free as you can get it.

making the kanom tuay mix

Step 2: Now pour the mixture through a strainer to remove any lumps or bits, leaving you with a silky smooth mixture that we will use as the base layer of the puddings.

Step 3: Now we need to make the top layer, so add 1 tbsp of rice flour, 1/2 cup of coconut cream which you scoop from the top of a can of coconut milk, and a dash of salt to a jug, and mix everything together. How much salt you use depends on how salty you want the topping to be – We use just a hint of salt but you could use up to 1/4 teaspoon if you like it really salty.

Step 4: Now pour the mixture through a strainer to remove any lumps or bits, leaving you with a silky smooth mixture that we will use as the top layer of the puddings.

Step 5: Now heat some small cups, dishes or ramekins in a steamer for a couple of minutes, then spoon in the base mixture filling each cup up to about 3/4 full, and steam them for about 5 minutes.

steaming the kanom tuay

Step 6: After 5 minutes, spoon on the topping mixture, filling up the final 1/4 of each dish, then steam for a final 5 minutes, then serve and enjoy! Remember that depending on the size and depth of your cups, you may have to steam for longer – we were using quite small cups in this recipe so a total of 10 minutes was enough time.

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