Nine Auspicious Thai Desserts (Part 2)

5 Sep

Hi there! Have you tried the four desserts Sukjai recommended last time? If not, prepare a list right now because Sukjai is bringing in five more today! Let’s see what is interesting about these auspicious desserts.

The fifth on the list is also another Sukjai’s favorite it is Khanom Chan. Khanom Chan means a snack with tiers, generally comprising nine tiers for each piece. Sukjai loves to peel one tier out at a time to enjoy each square piece as long as possible ha-ha! Currently some creative chefs have managed to fold the dessert into a rose-like shape – totally beautiful, both the appearance and the taste! The propitious meaning of Khanom Chan is advancement or going to the next step as the word Chan also means level. And the nine tiers of the dessert contribute to the meaning as well – the number 9 is thought to be auspicious since it is pronounced in Thai as kao which is a homophone to another word meaning to step forward.

Med Khanun is Sukjai’s next feature. Med Khanun means the seed of a jackfruit but not that the dessert is made of the seed of a jackfruit its shape just looks like the seed. It is made of ground mungbeans sculpted in to an oval shape and coated with yolk. What can be inferred from the name of the dessert is that the syllable nun (pronounced noon) is also a Thai word meaning to support, given to wish the recipients a life full of supports and advancement.

The next one is Cha Mongkut. It is another dessert that is hard to find nowadays. The name means being the chief (of something), mostly offered to congratulate someone’s career advancement. Its appearance resembles that of a crown (Monkut means a crown), decorated with a piece of gold leaf on top.

Let’s move on to Sa-ne Chan. Sa-ne means ­charm, and Chan is short for Luk Chan meaning nutmeg. So it is presented to the recipients as a good luck charm, and love from other people. It is often given at a wedding.

We have come to the last one now; it is Tuay Fu. The secret recipe is to mix the dessert with some flower juice so that it has a favorable scent. Fu means to rise or to increase, obviously implying prosperity. It can be given on any auspicious occasion.

So now you know all the nine auspicious Thai desserts. We Thais usually offer all of them in one tray so that the recipients get all the blessings at one time as well as enjoying the various kinds of desserts. Coming to know this, Sukjai is so proud of our Thai folk wisdom.

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