Khao nom kok – Laos coconut cakes

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Khao nom kok – Laos coconut cakes

As you stroll through the night market, there’s a good chance you’ll end up gobbling down Laos coconut cakes. Made with rice flour and coconut cream, these sweet street treats are ridiculously tasty, addictive and easy to make.

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Khao nom kok

Khao nom kok
Khao nom kok

Khao nom kok (also written kanom, kha nom, or in Thai, kanom krok) is made in an eye-catching cast iron pan with half-moon indents over a charcoal brazier. The thin batter is poured into the rounds and once cooked golden brown, two of them are sandwiched together. They are served piping hot in a cup fashioned out of a banana leaf. The outsides are a little bit crisp, the insides moist, silky and melt in your mouth soft.

Where to find

Khao nom kok Pakse
Khao nom kok Pakse

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If you are in Luang Phrabang, you can find them in morning market. Nosh on them with a cup of strong, thick Lao coffee. You will also no doubt also find the Thai version at street stalls and markets all over Thailand. A savoury version of this can be found in southern Laos. Khao nom kok Pakse (Pakse-style coconut cakes) are stuffed with minced pork and served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce.