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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Food on Wheels; Kao Lam

Food on Wheels; Kao Lam

As part of my ongoing Food on Wheels series, here's a new jewel; Kao Lam or sticky rice in Bamboo.

The Kao Lam vendors are relatively difficult to spot since they only have a very limited amount of Kao Lam with them and they usually carry it on the back of their bikes, in a small basket or the like. Really easy to overlook.

The bamboo sticks are hollowed out and filled with sticky rice either white or black rice and sometimes black beans are added, than a sweet coconut sauce is added and the top is closed off with a seal made out of coconut hair from the coconut shell mixed together with banana leaves.

The vendors are driving all over Samui and it's to stop them. The price depends on the bamboo size but is typically around 40,-THB for a big one or 50,-THB for 3 small ones.

This is how they look like once you peel the bamboo off, this being a black rice variation Kao Lam. If you like sweet, they're really nice, although I prefer the white rice ones. If you see them around, try to stop a vendor and buy some, they're well worth trying out.



Malcolm and CieJay Burgess said...

Camille, we have a family about 10 kl. from our home in a little village called puk noi that make Kao Lam and sell in front of their house , if you don't get there early you will be out of luck as folks come as far as 15 or 20 kl. just to get them , it's one of my favorite Thai snacks , thanks for the post and greaat pictures . Malcolm

Camille said...

Hi Malcolm,

Good to see that you like Kao Lam! The place you describe sounds like a must visit!

Tomorrow or very soon I may come with a post inspired by you!