Luk Chup Candy: Thai traditional dessert

One of the most colourful desserts you will see in Thailand is Luk Chup Candy. It is candy that is design to look like miniature fruits and vegetables such as bananas, chilies, cherries,…

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About Luk Chup Candy

It is candy that is design to look like miniature fruits and vegetables such as bananas, chilies, cherries,…
It is candy that is design to look like miniature fruits and vegetables such as bananas, chilies, cherries,…

In the old days, Luk Chup were the sweetmeats made for the king of Siam to have after meals in the palace. The skill of making these little sweetmeats could thus be learned only from people in the palace. Nowadays, eating Luk Chup is not limited to only palace people. However, they still preserve its position as the sweetmeats for those of high society since they are rather expensive and the Thais popularly present the dessert to their superiors and elders on special occasions like New Year’s Day, birthdays, or as a gift to convey one’s congratulations.

They look like various kinds of fruit and vegetables, such as chillies, cherries, mangosteens, oranges, mangoes, bananas, watermelons, and carrots but they are in miniature. Their taste is sweet, their smell is fragrant, and their appearance is attractive and colourful.

How to make

Colorful dessert: Luk Chup Candy
Colorful dessert: Luk Chup Candy

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To make Luk Chup, the basic ingredients are ground mung beans (with skins removed), sugar, coconut cream, clear gelatin, and food-colouring. Ground bean paste is mixed with sugar before coconut cream is added. The mixture then is heated over a gentle fire until it becomes sticky. After leaving it cool, the mixture is taken to be molded into the desired shapes of fruits and vegetables. This is important step needs good dexterity. Every curve and line requires a very gentle touch to shape the mixture into the miniature fruits or vegetables. But the size of each piece is limited by the amount of mixture that can be made to hold together. Then the little models are painted in various colors. When dry, they are dipped in clear gelatin.

The sweetmeats can be kept in a refrigerator for up to three weeks.

 

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