How To Make Desserts From Laos

Want to know how to make desserts from Laos? There are many delicious culinary delights that hail from the country of Laos, especially when it comes to sweet treats. With a few simple ingredients and a couple easy steps, it is enjoyable, relaxing and beneficial to learn how to make desserts from Laos. Put on your apron, your favorite music and set off on a confectionery trip to Laos.

1. Custard Pumpkin. Custard Pumpkin is a coconut custard cooked inside of a pumpkin. This recipe is super easy, yummy and impressive to guests.

You will need:

  • small baking pumpkin
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of coconut cream*
  • A steamer

*If you can not find coconut cream, use 1/2 coconut milk and 1/2 cup whole milk. If you like, you can add a teaspoon of coconut extract as well.

DIrections:

  1. Cut top of the pumpkin, remove seeds
  2. Whisk the eggs, add sugar, salt and coconut cream. Stir until completely blended.
  3. Pour mixture into pumpkin and cook in a steamer for 30 minutes
  4. Serve warm

2. Pumpkin Sweet. This is a creamy, sweet pumpkin concoction that can be served wither cold or hot. This recipe calls for a starch called "sago", which can be found at most Asian and Indian markets. If you cannot find sago, use tapioca balls. Try making pumpkin sweet with other fruits. For instance, substituting diced banana makes banana sweet and you can follow the exact directions for pumpkin sweet. Try experimenting with other flavors and spices!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups fresh baking pumpkin, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons sago

Directions:

  1. Bring coconut milk, sugar, salt and sago to a boil in a medium or large pot.
  2. Add cubed pumpkin to the mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Continue to boil for 4 minutes and stir periodically.
  4. Let sit 5 minutes to set.
  5. Serve hot or cold.

3. Sweet sticky rice and mango. This dessert from Laos takes a bit more time to complete, as sticky rice must be left to soak over-night, but it is well worth the time and effort. Sweet sticky rice and mango is one of the most popular desserts in Laos.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups sticky rice
  • 2 cups coconut cream
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 fresh mangoes

Directions:

  1. Soak rice over night
  2. Drain rice and steam for 35 to 45 minutes
  3. Heat coconut cream, salt and sugar in a medium or large pot until thoroughly melted together, but do not allow to boil. Set aside when combined.
  4. Stir sticky rice and coconut cream mixture together.
  5. Cut mangoes into cubes or slices and place on top of sweet sticky rice when ready to serve.