Saturday night walking market on Wua Lai road provides an opportunity to sample even more food, with a helpful English sign here and there.
The orangy cake is apparently naturally coloured and flavoured, and originates from a heart of a Toddy Palm (ต้นตาล - Sugar Palm - Borassus flabellifer). I thought this was one of the most environmentally unfriendly desserts I'd ever eaten, because a palm tree will die if its heart is removed. So I told myself they were slaughtered for another good cause and the hearts would have just gone to waste...or, that they were harvested from farmed palms.
Websites call them (ขนมลูกตาล - kha nohm luuk dtaan) a 'sweet made from the jelly like seeds of a sugar palm' or 'Palm Heart Puffs'. So the heart isn't really the heart! I watched a fella at a Brunei market extracting these jelly seeds and it seemed very labour intensive for a very small morsel return.
They are bready, a bit rubbery, not too sweet and topped with shredded coconut. I think there may be a little rice flour in them also, judging by the recipes online. The pastel varieties seem to be flavoured with rose water or similar?
A thumbs up! I'd go back for more.
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