[Bangkok] A trip to Bangkok is not complete without having Mango Sticky Rice, also known as khao niao ma muang.
Rice has special importance to Thai families, and usually appears on the table at almost every meal, even in desserts.
This iconic Thai dessert is made with glutinous rice, fresh mango and coconut milk, and eaten with a spoon or sometimes the hands.
When in Bangkok, the traditional Thai dessert mango sticky rice is everywhere, sold by street vendors to high end restaurants, in fanciful cafes presenting it in instagrammable fashion.
But some places simply stand out. One such place is Kor Panich, located near the Grand Palace and open since 1932.
With its simple storefront and only two tables for sitting, you wouldn’t imagine it has achieved a legendary status for its mango sticky rice.
Made from a family recipe passed down for generations for over 8 decades, it is the only Mango Sticky Rice shop listed in the Michelin Bib Gourmand Bangkok.
They say this recipe even came from the royal kitchen, where the owner’s mother-in-law used to work.
A portion of Mango Sticky Rice is 100 baht though (SGD4.50, USD3.30), considering that you can find some elsewhere at half this price.
However, take a bite and you would know why. The mangoes were SO SWEET.
Each element was well-executed, from the Chiang Mai-imported rice steamed to the right texture to the perfectly ripe Nam Dok Mai mangoes.
This variety is renowned for its exceptionally juicy, sweet taste.
As for the rice, it was cooked perfectly – soft with right amount of stickiness, imported from Chiang Rai, an area known for producing some of the best quality sticky rice.
Pour some of the coconut milk over, and the combination would almost melt in your mouth.
The crispy yellow mung beans are sprinkled on the very top were also delicious.
For a more exotic taste, try the one with durian. Or try their other sweets like candies and their sticky rice with Thai custard (50 baht).
While most people would think that durians are smelly and have a certain bitter aftertaste, the version that Kor Panich was soft with delicate sweetness, and only faint ‘aroma’.
Quite a pleasant treat, considering I am not so much a durian person.
Kor Panich may be slightly out of the way, and I do agree that there are other Mango Sticky Rice which are quite good too.
Kor Panich Mango Sticky Rice
431 433 Thanon Tanao, San Chao Pho Sua, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 221 3554
Opening Hours: 7am – 6:30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Google Maps – Kor Panich