As you stroll through the night market, there’s a good chance you’ll end up gobbling down Laos coconut cakes. Made with rice flour and coconut cream, these sweet street treats are ridiculously tasty, addictive and easy to make.
Khao nom kok
Khao nom kok (also written kanom, kha nom, or in Thai, kanom krok) is made in an eye-catching cast iron pan with half-moon indents over a charcoal brazier. The thin batter is poured into the rounds and once cooked golden brown, two of them are sandwiched together. They are served piping hot in a cup fashioned out of a banana leaf. The outsides are a little bit crisp, the insides moist, silky and melt in your mouth soft.
Where to find
If you are in Luang Phrabang, you can find them in morning market. Nosh on them with a cup of strong, thick Lao coffee. You will also no doubt also find the Thai version at street stalls and markets all over Thailand. A savoury version of this can be found in southern Laos. Khao nom kok Pakse (Pakse-style coconut cakes) are stuffed with minced pork and served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce.