[Bangkok] Khao niew moon (mango with sticky rice) from Sor Boonprakob Panich, Charoen Krung

One must-not-miss in Bangkok: Khao niew moon (sticky rice) from the legendary 80-plus years old Sor Boonprakob, where Bangkokians have been lining up for their dessert since the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).

Only the freshest, sweetest mangoes are used here, to accompany their perfectly steamed, coconut milk-enriched sticky rice.

One can also opt for the sangkaya (steamed coconut-duck’s egg-palm sugar pudding) as an accompaniment for the sticky rice.

One of the best-tasting renditions I’d ever had.

Sor Boonprakob
1474 Charoen Krung Soi 44 (Soi Talat Luang)
10500 Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: +662 235 3442.
Opening hours: 8am till sold out, usually by 12 noon.
Open daily 5am-6pm. BTS Saphan Taksin


Back to Sor Boonprakob for my mango & sticky rice (khao niew moon) fix last Sunday. We also bought a tub of egg-palm sugar custard (sangkaya) which went well with the sweet-salty sticky rice, served with some coconut creme spooned over it:

Customers passed the take-out counter in an almost endless stream, many grabbing a lunch-box or two of mango & sticky rice. Business is brisk and, although the shop opens till early evening (up till 7pm), its sticky rice and mango usually sells out before noon, so do go early.

Another must-have from the shop is their dense baked coconut cake known as khanom babin. This cake, like many Thai desserts, were introduced by the Portuguese in the 17th-century. In Portugal, a similar kind of pudding, Queijadas de Coimbra, is flavoured with cheese, whereas the Thai version substitutes that for coconut.


Would want to try the pudding even though I’m sensitive to coconut milk.

Where would Thai cuisine be without chillies and garlic? It was the Portuguese who introduced both to Thailand. Love both Portugal and Spain, besides the fact that they have made tremendous culinary contributions to the world.

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Yup, the Portuguese also introduced chilis to India and Korea. Imagine chili-less curries and kimchi otherwise!

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