The Best Thai Food in Thailand: Luk Chup
One of the things I just had to try when I was in Thailand – apart from all the crickets and locusts – was the amazingly artistic marzipan treat known as ‘Luk Chup’.
This mung bean and marzipan dessert is a simple fusion of ingredients, but the skill required to design these tiny little works of art is rare. With a long tradition of being served to kings and royalty, Luk Chup remains to be more of a high society treat.
These little fruit / vegetable imitations fascinate me so much; I can only put it down to the super shiny exterior. Because the taste itself was in fact a rather disappointing when it came down to it. Made from mung beans, sugar, coconut cream, gelatine and food colouring, the flavour was miserably bland and the texture was gritty.
But I would still have Luk Chup again – simply because it looks so amazing. Despite the fact that I know exactly how it tastes, my mouth is watering just at the sight of the vibrant colours and shiny gelatine glaze.