|Woman cooking Kanom Krok, a traditional Thai dessert, 22nd Annual |
Asian Cultural Festival at Fruit and Spice Park, Homestead, Fla.
This woman was cooking Kanom Krok (coconut-rice pancake) with a recipe straight out of the streets of Bangkok. Seeing her, I was transported to my earliest childhood memory when I lived in Thailand. Each day, a woman carrying Kanom Krok cooking pans, would visit my preschool and sell her fresh cooked cakes.
There was a long line of people in front of the booth some had been waiting 20 minutes or more. One woman said she lines up every year just to get bite of these traditional delicacies. You won't find these in any South Florida restaurant.
|Kanom Krok or Thai coconut-rice pancake, pouring into|
special charcoal heated pans, 22nd Annual Asian Cultural
Festival at Fruit and Spice Park,
Kanom Kroks are traditionally made with coconut milk, shredded coconut, rice flour, tapioca flour, a touch of sugar, and salt. Then they are cooked in a special greased pan over charcoal, until just barely brown.
|Kanom krok or Thai coconut-rice pancake getting scooped out of |
special charcoal heated pan, 22nd Annual Asian Cultural Festival
at Fruit and Spice Park, Homestead, Fla.
Usually a dollop of coconut cream is added before serving. Then the cakes can be topped with either cilantro, green onions, or corn kernels. The woman at Fruit and Spice Park Asian Cultural Festival just scooped out her pancakes plain. Then she placed one on top of another before putting them in a container.
I bought two containers. The pancakes had a delicate coconut flavor and a strong smoky finish.
The Asian Cultural Festival is held every year at Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead, Florida. This year it cost $10 to get in the gate and food was extra. For more details you can go to their website at www.fruitandspicepark.org