You cannot come to Bangkok and not taste the local treats. Yes, we have all heard of spicy Thai sausages, delectable moo ping, and street-side satay, pad thai from a cart, etc. But street food aside, have you ever heard of kakigori? or mung bean fruits? or bingsu?
Let me tell you, Thai sweets are not what you expect and they come in a variety of colors textures and flavors. I never imagined I would one day eat rajma beans as a dessert. But these innovative people have made that statement possible. So bookmark this list and set out on a dessert trail you won’t soon forget.
Food Court Dessert Bars
The best places to experiment with different Thai desserts are at any of the food courts in the malls here. You can sample a wide variety of treats for cheap prices. I recommend that you try the Coconut caramel chewy fudge, mung bean fruits that are not too sweet and look like marzipan, Thai crepes filled with different sweet sauces, pandan steamed rice cakes, and of course the mango sticky rice. These are sure to make your day even better. My personal favorite and also one of the cheapest desserts I’ve ever had here is the Iceball with toppings. Choose from a wide range of strange toppings like rajma beans, crunchy water chestnuts, fruits, caramelized dates, grass jelly, broad beans to fill a bowl. They top it off with a ball of crushed ice and soak it with sweet longan juice and coconut cream on top. Simply heaven at just 40 THB.
Chai aficionados unite! I have found a place that has turned chai into a dessert. It’s a wonder I have not taken up residence in their tiny little cafe. The Earl Grey bingsu with caramelized boba and grass jelly is absolutely magnificent and you can have it for breakfast lunch or dinner. Better to be shared as it’s large, but it’s ok if some days require an extra-large cup of chai. So we understand if you won’t share this. Their bingsu flavors are all unique and are worth a taste. We also giggled quite a bit at their unicorn poop soda.
This little hidden gem is nestled in the heart of Sukhumvit soi 49 opposite a hospital. Its open only during the day and their specialty are little fried dough pieces served with dipping sauces. I call them Thai churros because the concept is similar. However, it is worth the walk to this little cafe because their toppings like espresso, caramel, chocolate, etc take this dessert to another level.
The evolution of bingsoo has come a long way in Bangkok city. There are Korean ones topped with fruit, Japanese ones with sauce and surprise fillings and now Thai bingsoo too. Similar to the kakigori, the Thai bingsu is a shaved ice dessert but with different fillings and toppings. They are located at Emquartier mall so drop in after a hectic day of shopping for a lovely well deserved sugar treat.
After You Cafe
Home to the legendary strawberry cheesecake Kakigori, this cafe has been a favorite for many years, with their waiting lines going all around the block. So much so, that they now have plenty of outlet cafes all over the city in almost all the malls. Kakigori is a shaved ice dessert made of flavored ice with a surprise center and different flavored sauce toppings. If you’re not fond of cold desserts, try the Shibuya toast. It’s a warm toasty chunk of bread with melted butter at its heart and caramel sauce n toasted nuts drizzled on top with a scoop of homemade ice cream to give you that hot and cold, sweet-savory taste that we love. It comes in various flavors but this is my favorite.
There’s no better way to start the day, than with a lovely Japanese hotcake. It takes 25 minutes to prepare it so be there when they open at 10 am sharp. It’s well worth the wait and everything they serve is fabulous. Once again I am partial to their strawberry cheesecake flavor but the tiramisu, chocolate, and mango varieties are also very good. If you’re not much of a pancake person, the crispy buttermilk waffles with whipped butter and homemade ice cream will not disappoint.
Walk into this place and anything you taste will be fabulous. Gourmet pastries and baked goodies abound. Croissants and little tarts too pretty to bite into. Perfect for a day of celebration, or just a quick pick me up while you take a break. Paul is located in many malls across Bangkok, and are quite popular at Centralworld and Emporium malls. Their Facebook page has details about their other delicious offerings too.
Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, by now I’m sure you’re atleast wondering what these dishes are like. Come to Bangkok to taste the best and most unique desserts. For those of you who are like me, and crave sweets all day… you dont need convincing . You’re probably already on the way to the nearest dessert bar. Am I right?
Have a sweet day!