Auspicious Thai Desserts
Thai dessert, the Thai cultural identity, owing the meticulous and artistic way they’re made, is not only beautiful on the outside, but comes with a luscious floral, herbal and fragrant taste. Thai desserts are included in the Thai set menu (sam rab) when served as part of the important, auspicious ceremony in Thailand. Each of the desserts is meaningfully named and are believed to bless the people who eat them with luck and prosperity.
Among all Thai desserts, there are 9 types of desserts that form the “auspicious desserts” group - often served to the monks and guests at important ceremonies, such as wedding, ordination and house-blessings. If you are wondering which Thai desserts are auspicious, and would like to try some, come and enjoy them at Saneh Jaan, one of the very best authentic Thai restaurants in the heart of Bangkok.
Starting with the Golden Four - Shaped liked the leaves of a flower, this dessert ‘Thong Yip’ is made of yolk. Thong Yip is believed to bring wealth and success to the person who receives or eats them. In Thai, ‘Thong Yip’ literally means ‘to pick up the gold’. Yes, it should be that easy!
The little sister of ‘Thong Yip’, ‘Thong Yord’ or the gold egg yolk drop is often given as a present and blessing that the receiver should become rich and never lack money. That sounds good, doesn’t it?
‘Foi Thong’ or the golden threads’ is another yolk sweet often served at weddings. The length of the threads represents the long, never ending love life of the couple.
‘Kanom Chan’, the smooth yet sticky, layered coconut milk sweet is another interesting one. “Chan” means “layers” in Thai. And yes, it is supposed make you progress in your career. It is often made to have 9 layers, as ‘9’ or ‘gao’ in Thai means stepping up, representing prosperity in life and promotion in occupation.
‘Thong Ek’, the Wheat Flour Dumplings with Egg Yolks, is very special and goes through many steps of creation. It has a very elegant shape with gold leaf on top. ‘Ek’ means ‘first’ in Thai. So this sweet is served at important ceremonies and is considered a present in the celebration of promotion.
‘Med Kanoon’ is the golden jackfruit shaped dessert stuffed with mung bean paste. ‘Ka-Noon’ is the name of jackfruit in Thai, ‘Noon’ from ‘Ka-noom’ also means help and support. This is why this dessert is believed to bring advocacy and support in life, career and business.
‘Jaa Mong Kut’ is very complicated to make, often used in important ceremonies. ‘Mong Kut’ in Thai means a crown; this type of dessert therefore representing the highest honor or highest position. People often give it as a present to celebrate someone that has been promoted - blessing that person to enjoy their career.
‘Thuay Foo’, the steam fluffy cupcake also has its auspicious meaning. ‘Foo’ in Thai means booming and thriving, ‘Thuay Foo’ is therefore believed to bring prosperity. It is used in every auspicious ceremony. Its unique characteristic is the pervaded scents of flowers.
Lastly, our favorite: ‘Saneh Jaan’ has a very lovely history. Thai people like the charm of ‘Look Jaan’ - the glowing yellow fruit with its alluring smell - so much that they created a dessert that looks like the fruit. ‘Saneh’ In Thai means charm. It is believed that ‘Saneh Jaan’ is very auspicious in terms of love. It is therefore often served at wedding as a present to bless a couple.
Thai desserts have played a very important role and have a deep connection with the lives of Thai people. They are a very dominant, beautiful Thai identity and a very valuable, cherished form of art that should be well preserved. Now you know the meaning of our restaurant - Saneh Jaan. If you would like to try some of these auspicious desserts, book your table online today and join us at one of the best authentic Thai restaurants in Bangkok, Saneh Jaan.
Source : Ramkhamhaeng University Journal. Year 33 : issue 47. March 2004. Page 4.