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Savoury baton of Khaolam
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Savoury baton of Khaolam

 

Khao Lam is a sweet Thai style treasure. The delicious sticky cake which is hidden in bamboo trunk is a traditional desert and can be found in satellite towns around Bangkok such as Nakhon Pathom or Chon Buri.

The sticky rice is mixed with coconut milk and sugar, sweet red beans and diced taro. All ingredients are mixed together, then stuffed into cylinders of hollow bamboo and slowly roasted over low charcoal fire. The dessert is well cooked as soon as the ingredients are mingled and you can smell the aroma of soft grilled bamboo. The bamboo is a little hard to open, but under the hard shell is a lump of delicious sticky rice cake. Usually, the top of Khao Lam is creamy, while the body is a bit drier and less sweet.

In Nakhon Pathom, Khao Lam is filled with Bachang, which is a unique meal you should not miss. Bachang or Zongzi is a Chinese sticky rice dumpling. The sticky rice with a sweet or savory filling is wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves.

Nakhon Pathom Khaolam vendors develop Bachang Khaolam. They put Bachang ingredients into the bamboo, namely seasoned sticky rice, salted yolk, seasoned pork, dry shrimps and pepper and make it a baton, enjoyable as a quick meal.

Get a bite of Bachang Khaolam and refuel your energy before exploring the gigantic pagoda at Phra Pathom Chedi or even lush park of Sanamchandra Palace.

How to get there: Nakhon Pathom is located 64 kilometer west of Bangkok accessible via Highway 4.