10 Delicious Thai Desserts You Must Try

Signature desserts—some with Thai tea flavors—fit for royalty
Signature desserts—some with Thai tea flavors—fit for royalty | © Lukkaithong
Photo of Kelly Iverson
24 September 2018

Thailand definitely has a sweet-tooth. Tins of condensed milk line the aisles of every 7/11 convenience store, coffees are loaded with cream and sugar, and you can even find the sweet stuff in unexpected places like bowls of Pad Thai. As such, the country is an expert in crafting delicious dessert delicacies, putting a nectar-laden stamp on the world’s sweet scene.

Mango sticky rice

Mango sticky rice is unarguably the most popular dessert in Thailand. If you manage to travel all of the country and deprive yourself of indulging in this sweet beauty, you need to book a flight back immediately. Chilled mangos are sliced fresh before being put over steaming sticky rice. This concoction is then drenched in thick coconut milk.

Mango Sticky Rice | © Dennis Wong/Flickr

Banana leaf and sticky rice

Sweet coconut milk, sugar, black beans and sticky rice are all shoved into a banana leaf, making for one delectable dessert. Do not let this dessert’s strange exterior fool you; it is packed with plenty of flavor. The banana leaf wrapper makes it a great dessert to eat on the move.

Sweet Thai crepe

These are great finger foods. You can get sweet Thai crepes fresh off the grill on almost every soi (street). These are usually filled with meringue, a thick cream made of egg whites and sugar; it is then topped with foy thong, which is shredded egg yolk.

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Coconut rice dumplings

This dessert is both delicious and adorable. Coconut and rice flour dumplings are cooked to perfection on hot grills. You can find these throughout Thailand with a plethora of street vendors serving up this tiny dish. These are usually topped with corn, green onions, or are served plain.

Mung bean candy

These candies are almost too pretty to eat. Mung bean paste is sweetened and smashed into perfection before being glazed and formed to look like (usually) small pieces of fruit.

Thai roti

You may have more fun watching this dessert being prepared than you will while eating it. Rotis are a signature dessert in Thailand and are great on-the-go snacks. You can find vendors grilling up this sweet dough on almost every corner, especially the areas of Thailand that have many tourists. This dough is slathered thick with butter before being slapped on the grill. You can add both toppings and fillings, including Nutella, bananas, chocolate and more.

Coconut ice cream

This is the perfect dessert to chow down on in Thailand’s brutal heat. Most vendors have a wide variety of toppings to choose from, including peanuts, sweet corn and sweet syrups to drizzle on top. Oftentimes, coconut ice cream is served in your own personal coconut that has been scraped out, making room for the ice cream.

Sticky rice in bamboo

Thais love their sticky rice — and it can be a delicious add-on to almost every meal, including desserts. Sticky rice in bamboo is one unique way to eat this rice. It is mixed with red beans, coconut cream and sugar before being put into hollow bamboo cylinders. These are then cooked until all of the ingredients are melted together before being served. Good luck getting every bite out!

Thai jelly

Thai Jello is similar to jelly that you might find in western countries, however, in Thailand it is sliced up and usually covered with different toppings, such as shredded coconut. These squares are made with sugar, coconut milk and flour. This sweet, colorful dessert will melt in your mouth — enjoy!

Custard-filled bread

If you like bread, then this is the dessert for you. You can find custard-filled rolls, hot dog buns and more in almost every market in Thailand. These buns are stuffed with different toppings, such as green tea flavouring or sweet, chocolate syrup.

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