Thai Rice Crackers with Coconut Dip (ข้าวตังหน้าตั้ง Khao Tang Na Tang)

by - August 12, 2013

Thailand has produced one of the world best rice and made over a dozen of delicious rice crackers variety. Thai rice crackers are all known and loved by most Thais. They usually can be found everywhere from supermarkets, flea markets and many fine dinning restaurants . However, they are not generally family dish which people make at home. Though it is possible that the dish has began in Northeastern region as a way of  repurposing old, leftover sticky rice in the pre-microwave days. 

I just learned how to make these wonderful rice crackers after I moved to Tokyo. Frankly this is my thrid attempt. Howver, I speak from my expereince, making these rcie cracker is not as diificult as it looks. Even without experrience in Thai cooking, you sure can whip up the dish. Easy, breezy. Thai rice crackers with coconut dip is my most favorite rice crackers. Have you ever had rice crackers before? What's your favorite type/flavour ? 

Thai Rice Crackers with Coconut Dip (ข้าวตังหน้าตั้ง Khao Tang Na Tang) recipe
60 grams shrimp, peeled, chopped 
70 grams minced pork
1 cilantro root, chopped 
3-4 medium size shallot, minced 
300 ml. coconut milk 
1 teaspoon shrimp paste 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate 
1.5 teaspoon palm sugar 
1 tablespoon roasted peanut, pounded 

uncooked Thai sticky rice
1. Soak the Thai sticky rice overnight, and steam it until is cooked. Let the rice cool completely. 
2. Form the rice into rounds  approximately 2¾ inches in diameter and ¼ inch in thickness using cookies mold. Also you can transfer the rice onto the tray, press and cut it into squares. 
 3.Sun dry the rice cracker until they are completely free of moisture. 

4. Deep fry the rice crackers.
5. Prepare the dip by bringing coconut milk to the boil, add in shrimp, pork and the rest of ingredients. When the sauce is thicken, add in peanuts. 
6. Serve the dip with rice crackers. 

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  1. This is so unique yet familiar. I had similar snack as a child but not with coconut flavor. I would like to try it!