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16 Best Desserts to Try in Phuket – Thai Sweets

What are the best Thai sweets to try in Phuket?

Thailand is known worldwide for its amazing food, but it doesn’t stop here. There are also many Thai sweets and desserts to try during your stay in Phuket. Of course, everyone knows the delicious pancakes (or roti) and the mango sticky rice, but don’t stop your culinary exploration here: look around, and you will find amazing treats to make your holiday even sweeter! You don’t have to go very far to find them; there are plenty of sweets to enjoy at any night market and in the streets of Phuket Town, especially during the Sunday Street Market.

1. Banana Pancake

Pancakes in Phuket

Banana Pancake is just a generic name given to the most loved sweet treat in Phuket and around. We know it’s not a pancake, but a roti, as the dough is not prepared the same way. But the name of pancake happened to stay, so who cares? Those pancakes come in many ways: with condensed milk, Nutella, banana, chocolate, mango, peanut butter, and pineapple. There seems to be no limit to their imagination! They are easy to find on the streets of any town in Phuket.

2. Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice is a very close tie with the banana pancake! We asked our readers several times; both are a must-try treat in Thailand. The dessert is surprisingly simple: a beautiful riped mango nicely peeled, some sticky rice covered with condensed milk and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. It’s simple, but while the pancake quality doesn’t vary too much from one cart to the next, mango sticky rice depends on the restaurant and the season. Almost every Thai restaurant will have them on the menu.

3. Coconut ice cream

Coconut Ice Cream in Phuket

Coconut ice cream seems to be an obvious choice in a warm country that grows so many coconut trees, and once you try it, you will realise how different it is from the ‘branded’ ice cream you ate before. The taste is lighter, more delicate and not as sweet as the coconut ice cream bought overseas. You may have your ice cream served inside a real coconut to make things better! It comes with red water chestnut, and you can also eat the coconut flesh. Such a refreshing treat after a seafood dinner. So far, the best we found was at Kan Eang @ Pier in Chalong Bay.

3. Kanom Chan (Layer Jelly Cakes)

Kanom Chan

Kanom Chan is a colourful and sweet traditional dessert made of rice and coconut. It’s soft, sweet, a little chewy, and quite easy to find on night markets. ‘Kanom’ means ‘dessert’, and ‘chan’ means ‘layers’. It is usually made with palm sugar, coconut milk, rice flour, tapioca, and tea.

4. Nam Kaeng Sai (Shaved Ice with Syrup)

Shaved Ice

For most foreigners, serving shaved iced as dessert is a little strange, but the longer you live in a tropical country like Thailand, the more it makes sense. It’s simple, cheap, very refreshing, and since it’s mostly water, it’s very light! All it takes is shaved ice (you can easily buy a machine to do your own), some cheap syrup and condensed milk purchased at the local store. The red syrup is the most popular, not strawberry or grenadine. Under the ice, you might find corn, blocks of jelly or even red beans, which often shock foreigners.

5. Gluay Kaek (Banana Fritters)

Banana Fritters

6. Kanom Buan

Kanom Buan

Kanom Buan is an ancient Thai dessert known as crispy pancakes in English. It is a popular form of street food in Thailand. These crepes look a bit like tacos. Khanom buan are usually first topped or filled with coconut cream, followed by sweet or salty toppings such as shredded coconut, Foi Thong (strips of fried eggs or egg yolks), or chopped scallions.

7. Look Choop

Look Choop

Look Choop is a superbly crafted traditional dessert made of mung bean paste mixed with coconut milk, derived from marzipan. It is then shaped like little veggies or fruits. It’s shiny and colourful, making beautiful local and night markets displays. It’s sweet and delicate.

8. Kanom Krok

Kanom Krok

Kanom Krok is made of rice flour, sugar, and coconut milk mixed together to form a dough, then split into two batters, one salty and one sweet. Both batters are cooked in a heating frying pan with small round alveoles. Each half is picked, and the two half-circular doughs are joined to form this circular shape.

9. Bua Loy Sam See

Bua Loy

Bua Loy is a warm dessert made of colourful rice flour balls in sweet coconut milk. It’s surprisingly good and gentle, reminding of soothing childhood desserts. You can find it at Wanlamun Sweet Shop in Phuket Town

10. Ta Ko

ta ko

Tako is a Thai dessert made of flour, sugar, coconut milk, and other flavouring ingredients such as corn or taro. The jelly base is made of flour mixed with water and sugar, topped with coconut milk and served in a cup made of Pandan leaves

11. O-Eaw

O-Eaw Thai Dessert

‘Oh Eaew’ is an icy dessert with gelatinous cubes made from banana starch and kidney beans. It’s refreshing and light, very popular with Phuket people but might be a little surprising to foreigners. You can find it a Cafe’In, the coffee shop in front of the Thai Hua Museum in the old Phuket Town

12. Kanom Tuai (Sweet and salty cream)

Kanom Tuai

Kanon Tuay is a very popular treat among locals. You will mostly find it in a local restaurant, for lunch or dinner. As seen in the photo above, it is served in 2 little recipients placed on top of each other. One is sweet, and the other lightly salted.

13. Lod Chong (Coconut milk)

Lod Chong

Lod Chong is a little surprising the first time you see it in a glass jar by the street. It looks like green worms in icy, sugary water. It’s made of rice flour, mung bean flour, palm sugar, jasmine flowers and pandan water.

14. Chao Guay (Black Grass Jelly)

Thai Jelly

Grass jelly is made of the Platostoma palustre plant (a member of the mint family) and has a slightly bitter taste.

15. Thong Yip

Thong Yip

Thong Yip is an egg-based sweet usually made for important occasions and ceremonies such as weddings, ordinations and housewarmings.

16. Khao Tom Mat (Banana leaf and sticky rice)

Khao Tom Mat Sai Kluai

Khao Tom Mat is a Thai dessert made of sweet sticky rice steamed in banana leaves.

Where to enjoy sweets in Phuket

Wanlamun Phuket – Sweet Shop in Phuket Town

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