Look-choop ลูกชุบ (綠豆沙甜品)

Look-choop is a Thai dessert originated in the royal palaces of ancient Siam. The royal family ate this dessert made with a sweetened mung bean and coconut paste. Each look-choop candy would be skillfully shaped into a small fruit like mangosteen, banana, orange, or a vegetable like chilli, carefully painted with food colouring, then coated with a thin glaze of agar agar. It is important that food prepared for the royal family to look as good as its taste. As time goes by, the recipe for this special dessert has escaped the high walls of palaces. The dessert is now available in many food stalls across Thailand. The fun in devouring these candies is with one clean bite, the firm agar agar skin will tear, with the fragrant and soft coconut milk-mung bean paste bursting into the palette. It almost tasted like a snowy mooncake except the loop-choop has a firmer skin.

ลูกชุบ,碌竹?一碌竹?一粒粒嘅?幾彈牙喎。這種從前只有皇室王子公主貴族才有機會吃的甜品,現在賣得街知巷聞,平民如我都有機會試試這些造型有趣又顛覆視覺與味蕾的小吃,或者這就是分子料理的先鋒。在中國街頭有些老伯伯都會用麵粉和油彩弄些不同造型的小擺設,但這些泰國小吃不單外形多變而且色彩鮮艷,還可以一粒一粒的吃到撐為止,可算是手工勞作的一大貢獻。不要看ลูกชุบ的製作材料簡單到不行,但是時間和心機真的要佩服甜品師,由形狀到上色都要有無比耐性和技巧,弄到的是龍是鳳就要看閣下的功力啦。

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