Tle sees red, red ruby, when tasting an icy-cool dessert up north.
Thap tim krob, which some of you may know as ‘red ruby’, is one of the most popular traditional Thai desserts. The ‘ruby’ itself is made from chestnut covered with flour and soaked in red syrup; this gives it a chewy outer layer with crunchy filling. Oftentimes boiled red beans, whole chestnuts and slices of jackfruit are added as a side complement and sweetened coconut milk is added in as the main syrup. The dessert is served cold with mountains of shaved ice on top. No wonder, then, thap tim krob is such a popular dessert in a country as hot as Thailand.
If you visit Chiang Mai, be sure to stop by Thap Tim Krob Jae Aun. The restaurant’s name should make plain its signature dish. You can choose from five different formulas from Jae Aun’s own thap tim krob recipes or else customise your own. I ordered the original and my bowl of precious gems was served with one huge scoop of shaved ice on top. The ice instantly turns the dessert cold and everything becomes just right. The coconut milk was creamy and sweet with a little bit of saltiness. The dish makes for a really good finish to a meal.
One bowl of red ruby costs 50 baht.
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily.
Thap Tim Krob Jae Aun is located at Sridonchai Road, Changklan, Muang, Chiang Mai 50100
28/06/2012 - 11:00