Recently, we introduced you to K. Tai, our lovely friend in Bangrak, who serves up the tastiest bite-sized treats on our tours, Miang Kham! So, we thought we’d give you a little glimpse into what goes into these lovely Thai snacks!
Miang Kham is an herbal snack popular in Thailand and Laos. It is a ‘one-bite wrap’ with a perfect combination of flavours: sweet, sour, salty and spicy. Each tasty bite is a sensory experience of flavour, texture and aromas. Made by wrapping various ingredients into fresh betel leaves, It is an ideal choice for a quick pick-me-up or refreshing snack. It is not a food found everywhere, but some restaurants will feature this special treat as an appetizer or you may see it in some local markets packaged to take home or eat on-the-spot. Thai people believe that Miang Kham is a food balancing all 4 elements in our body.
Miang Kham was originally a snack only for the members of royal family. It has since invaded popular culture with its incredible taste and uniqueness that it is now available to all, even in more modern forms in Bangkok’s most trendy restaurants. In 2014, Miang Kham was added to the National Cultural Heritage List by the Thailand Ministry of Culture.
Main Ingredients: betel leaf, peanut, roasted coconut flakes, shallot, ginger, dried shrimp, lime
Sauce: palm sugar, fish sauce, shrimp paste, peanut