ข้าวหลาม Khao Lam (Sticky rice in bamboo)

Sawatdee ka,

 

You all know that Thai people eat rice as a main dish, we have a lot of rice dishes. Did you know that we also eat rice from the bamboo?

My parents came to visit me and they bought me Khao Lam (ข้าวหลาม: kâao lăam) which is actually a Thai dessert. Khao Lam is sticky rice mixed with coconut milk and black beans with a little bit of sugar and salt squished inside and then roasted over open fire.

There are two types of Khao Lam : [1] White sticky rice (ข้าวหลามข้าวเหนียวขาว :kâao lăam kâao nĭao kăao) , [2] Black sticky rice (ข้าวหลามข้าวเหนียวดำ : kâao lăam kâao nĭao dam). I think they both taste the same.

The most famous Khao Lam is Khao Lam Nong Mon (ข้าวหลามหนองมน) from Chonburi province. They cost 35 Baht each or three for 100 Baht. When you buy Khao Lam, the vendor will ask if you want the bamboo cracked open. I recommend you to let them do this as it looks a bit tricky at times. The vendors are very skilled with their sledgehammer 🙂

Which one should I eat first?

 

Learn Thai with Mod key learning points:

ข้าวเหนียว kâao nĭao = sticky rice

Classifier for Khao Lam is กระบอก [grà-bòrk]

 

When you buy Khao Lam you usually have to say how many bamboo tubes you want.  For example; three Khao Lam in Thai is ข้าวหลาม 3 กระบอก [kâao lăam săam grà-bòrk]

 

AROY!

Mod

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3 Responses to ข้าวหลาม Khao Lam (Sticky rice in bamboo)

  1. bagus 30/07/2012 at 17:32 #

    in indonesia we have kind of food like this we call it ” lemang” …rice cooked in bamboo..but the kind of rice is special…a lil bit different taste and texture from rice actually…nice to know this…good to know you…mod

    • akira 02/05/2014 at 01:24 #

      yup… the same in Malaysia… we called it lemang as well… used to have tons of this during hari raya (muslim celebration or known as eid)… except that we dont put any mungbean inside the bamboo…

      i found it quit cheap in thailand if one can cost only 35 baht which may means around rm 3.50 only. lemang in malaysia can cost rm 12 which means 120 baht per each.

      so much in price dif..

  2. david 16/07/2012 at 20:43 #

    Tone Tongue Twister: kâao lăam kâao nĭao kăao
    Tons of fun for falang 😉

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