Vegan Thai Desserts – Phuket Vegetarian Festival

18th December 2017

Having previously featured the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, we have decided to add a brief list of Vegan Thai Desserts from the Phuket Vegetarian Festival.

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We’ve included a few of our favorite Khanoms alongside sweet drinks and some unique Hokkien (Chinese) inspired treats. For more details on some of these snacks, take a look at 40 Foods To Try At The Phuket Vegetarian Festival in 2017 from Kip at Messy Vegan Cook.

vegan Thai desserts from the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, Thailand

Local Phuket Specialties (Clockwise from top): sticky rice with candied coconut, radish cake served with sugar, sticky rice with jackfruit, peanut and syrup filled sticky rice flour balls and palm sugar alkaline cakes with grated coconut.

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival was more subdued for 2017 due to the extended mourning period for King Rama IX. Many of the festivities were toned down or omitted and overall there were fewer vendors and attendees. This was in stark contrast to 2016, when the festival coincided with Chinese Golden Week – a period when over 500 million Chinese tourists go on holiday.

The Vegetarian Festival, also known as The Nine Emperor Gods Festival, is celebrated throughout Thailand, with a large presence in the Chinatown neighborhood of Bangkok, and other parts of Southeast Asia, notably Penang, Malaysia.

The dates for the 2018 Phuket Vegetarian Festival are October 8th-17th.


vegan Chinese Red Bean Cake from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Chinese Bean Cakes

Many Chinese style cakes and cookies can be found during the festival, including these bready, flaky cubes with a variety of dense, sweet fillings that include red bean, mung bean and lotus paste.


vegan corn milk from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Corn Milk

There’s a reason these freshly made corn milks come in such small bottles, they’re delicious and naturally almost cloyingly sweet.


vegan Hairy Basil Seed drink from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Hairy Basil Seed Drinks

There are all sorts of super sweet and colorful drinks available on the streets, the ones with hairy basil seeds aren’t just eye-catching though, they’re often quite tasty. Available in a variety of flavors.


vegan Hokkien Alkaline Cake from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Hokkien Alkaline Cake

This bouncy rice flour cake gets its distinctive eggy flavor and aroma from the added alkaline water. It wouldn’t be complete without a generous drizzle of palm sugar syrup.


vegan butterfly pea khanom chan, kanom chan, ขนมชั้น from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2017

Khanom Chan

Layers made from starches, coconut milk, jasmine water and other flavors and colors create this soft, chewy and slightly sticky ancient Thai dessert. The blue in this Khanom Chan is from the butterfly pea flower.


vegan Khanom jak, kanom jak, ขนมจาก from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2017

Khanom Jak

Grilled palm leaves filled with a chewy sweet paste of palm sugar, coconut meat and sticky rice flour.


vegan Thai Fried Potato Balls Khanom Kai Nok Krata from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Khanom Kai Nok Krata

Made from a dough of starch, baking powder and sweet potato; these crisp little fried balls are soft and chewy inside and dangerously hot when fresh.


vegan khanom kosui in pandan and palm sugar, kanom kosui from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2017

Khanom Kosui

A specialty in Phuket, these bouncy little alkaline cakes topped with grated coconut are made with palm sugar, rice flour, a touch of salt and pandan on occasion.


Vegan Thai dessert Khanom Krok, kanom krok from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Khanom Krok

A creamy coconut batter is cooked in a special spherical pan that provides a crisp exterior and a soft, rich custard center. Best consumed while they are fresh and still hot.


vegan Khanom Piak Poon from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Khanom Piak Poon

A gelatinous pandan custard with grated coconut. A special find from a small vendor only open in the evenings on Thanon Krabi in Phuket Town.


vegan Khanom Sod Sai, kanom sod sai from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Khanom Sod Sai

Wrapped in banana leaves, a soft and creamy coconut milk and rice flour exterior encases a grated coconut and palm sugar filling.


vegan Khanom Tan Palm Sugar Muffins from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Khanom Tan

Light and fluffy toddy palm muffins similar to Khanom Tuay Foo. Served with grated coconut on top.


vegan Khanom Tang Taek, Thai folded pancake with coconut custard filling from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2017

Khanom Tang Taek

A thick, spongy folded pancake with a coconut custard filling. Other filling options are often also available.


vegan Khanom Tuay Foo Thai Steamed Muffins from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Khanom Tuay Foo

These Thai steamed muffins are similar to a Chinese steamed muffin. Light and airy and available in a variety of colors and flavors.


vegan Khao Lam, bamboo poles with sticky rice from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Khao Lam

Small bamboo poles filled with sticky rice, black beans and sweetened coconut milk. Roasted over an open fire and entertainingly opened with a hatchet.


vegan Khao Mao Tod, fried green young rice balls with banana and grated coconut from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Khao Mao Tod

Deep fried balls of green young rice and grated coconut with a banana in the middle.


vegan Khao Niao Ping, sticky rice with coconut milk wrapped in banana leaves, grilled from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2017

Khao Niao Ping

Sticky rice with coconut milk wrapped in banana leaves and grilled. Choice of fillings often include corn, banana, coconut and taro.


Vegan Khao Niao, sticky rice desserts with coconut custard, jackfruit, coffee seasoned coconut, tom yum coconut from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Khao Niao with Toppings

A variety of coconut sticky rice desserts. Toppings including coconut custard (sang kaya), jackfruit (kanun), coffee seasoned coconut, and tom yum spiced coconut.


Khao Taen

Crisp fried sticky rice cakes glazed with a drizzle of thick brown sugar.


Vegan Khao Tom Mud from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Khao Tom Mud

Banana and black beans with coconut milk sweetened sticky rice steamed in a banana leaf.


vegan local Phuket desserts and Thai desserts from Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Local Phuket Specialties

Clockwise from top: sticky rice with candied coconut, radish cake served with sugar, sticky rice with jackfruit, peanut and syrup filled sticky rice flour balls and palm sugar alkaline cakes with grated coconut.


Vegan Lod Chong, pandan noodles dessert with coconut milk from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Lod Chong

Thick and chewy pandan noodles in syrup with melon and coconut milk, especially refreshing with a bit of crushed ice.


Vegan O-Aew, O-eo โอ๋เอ๋ว, southern Thai dessert from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2017

O-Aew

This unique banana flour and fig seed jelly is an old Hokkien dish that’s also popular in Taiwan and can be difficult to find. Often served with red beans, grass jelly, syrup and crushed ice.


vegan Pang Jee, Thai pancakes from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2017

Pang Jee

Chewy little bitesized pancakes made from glutinous rice flour, coconut milk, sugar and shredded coconut.


vegan Paolan, sticky rice wrapped around roasted grated coconut with black pepper and sugar from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2017

Paolan

This variety of Khao Niao Ping is a Phuket specialty. Sticky rice is wrapped around roasted grated coconut with black pepper and sugar, folded inside a banana leaf and grilled. It’s a sweet and savory delight with a tinge of smokiness. The typical non-vegan version includes ground dried shrimp.


Vegan Chinese cruller from Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Pa Thong Ko

A fairly light and airy Thai take on a Chinese cruller, these donuts are often sold with a pandan coconut custard.


vegan Phuket Pa Thong Ko from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Phuket Pa Thong Ko

This Phuket variation of the Pa Thong Ko, with a Thai name derived from its four legged shape, has a more dense dough with a sprinkle of crunchy sugar added to it before frying.


vegan Roti Gulay from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2017

Roti Gulay

A flaky, buttery roti topped with condensed coconut milk and sugar.


vegan Roti Sai Mai from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Roti Sai Mai

Thin colorful rotis, similar to a popiah wrapper, paired with candy floss. Watching the roti being made by hand is as much fun as assembling and actually eating the bright Roti Sai Mai.


vegan bao, baozi, salapao, steamed Chinese buns with pandan coconut custard or kaya from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Salapao

Chinese style steamed bao with sweet and savory options. This green pandan coconut custard (kaya) filling is also popular in Malaysia and Singapore.


vegan Tab Tim Grob, red rubies in coconut milk from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Tab Tim Grob

This refreshing dessert combines water chestnuts, some dyed red and coated in tapioca starch to form chewy little dumplings, with jasmine or pandan syrup and coconut milk.


vegan Tako with tapioca or sago jelly and corn from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Tako

Thick and creamy coconut custard with a hint of saltiness sits atop a layer of tapioca or sago jelly. Corn, taro, grated coconut or other ingredients are often added to the jelly.


vegan Thai iced coffee, Thai iced tea and Thai chocolate soy milk from Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016

Thai Iced Coffee, Thai Iced Tea & Chocolate Soy Milk

It can be tough to resist a sweet, spiced creamy soy milk based Thai iced coffee or tea; or when you want something even more rich and sweet, a thick chocolate soy milk.

Our photos are from the 2016 & 2017 Phuket Vegetarian Festival.

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