Eating Mango Sticky Rice Thai Dessert (Khao Niaow Ma Muang) in Chiang Mai

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Aug. 12, 2013

In our latest travel video we decided to satisfy our sweet tooth cravings by devouring a plate of Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Niaow Ma Muang: ขาวเหนยวมะมวง), served with condensed coconut cream sauce at our favorite restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Although we biked over 30 minutes just to have this specific dish at this specific restaurant (Chang Chalaad) it was worth the long journey. Oh, the things one does for food )

This is literally our favorite Thai dessert and Chang Chalaad serves it up better than anywhere we've ever tried. Chang Chalaad also turns our taste-buds upside down with its heavenly Pad Thai which I'm certain has a secret sauce.

At Chang Chalaad, what makes this particular interpretation of this dish such a gormandizing delight is that the cream coconut sauce is extra thick and creamy. Normally, the sauce is runny and or too sugary however, here they really make it thick - a definite bonus.

Every bite is pure bliss as the combination of sweet mango, sticky rice and coconut cream are like three amigos in your mouth all at once. When I asked Audrey how she felt about the dish, she proclaimed, "I would eat this over Cheesecake!" That's certainly high praise!

The only drawback from eating this dish on a daily (or at every meal) is that it is certainly high in calories. If anything it's the perfect excuse to gain a few extra pounds while in traveling or living in Thailand now that I'm on a diet trying to lose weight over the summer, I ought to be avoiding this like the plague, but to be perfectly honest, it's just too darn good for me to pass up.

This wonderful dessert that we shared only cost 50 Baht (1.70 USD) and was worth every penny...err Baht. Although, our favorite Mango Sticky Rice is at Chang Chalaad, we do recommend you try it at many of the Thai night markets in Chiang Mai it's also very easy to spot Thai street vendors whipping this up on Khao San Road in Bangkok:

This Mango Sticky Rice Dessert (Khao Niaow Ma Muang) is a classic Thai dessert and SO very scrumptious. Be sure to get the right rice for this dessert - regular (savory) rice will not work you need sweet rice (see link in ingredients list). The sticky rice can either be steamed, as they do in Thailand (a colander can be used for this), or you can make it in a pot on your stove (instructions included). Place some fresh mango slices over the sicky rice, then smother with the easy coconut sauce - pure heaven! If you like mangos and/or sticky rice, you're going to love this very simple but exotic Thai dessert:


This is part of our Travel in Thailand series. We're making a series of videos showcasing Thai culture, Thai arts, Thai foods, Thai religion and Thai people.