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Khanom tup tap

Posted date:  September 28, 2008
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Khanom tup tap, a peanut snack sold at Bangkok's annual Vegetarian Festival

It’s that time of year again: Thailand’s annual Vegetarian Festival is in full swing, and as always, the best place to eat is the Chinatown area. Most people come for the various meat-free noodle and fried dishes, but I personally can’t wait for khanom tup tap. This is an old-school snack made from peanuts, sugar and a bit of salt pounded into a flaky roll–via a pretty amazing process.

It all begins by cooking roasted peanuts in boiling syrup:

Making khanom tup tap, a peanut snack sold at Bangkok's annual Vegetarian Festival

The resulting mixture, which resembles still-warm peanut brittle, is cooled then thoroughly blended by two men working wooden mallets. During the pounding, the peanut mixture is repeatedly folded onto itself, giving the dish the phyllo-like layers you can see in the first pic. The sound (tup tap, tup tap) made by the pounding is the origin of the snack’s name:

Making khanom tup tap, a peanut snack sold at Bangkok's annual Vegetarian Festival

The paste is then stretched out into a long thin sheet and is filled with even more ground peanuts, with the sheet serving as a wrapper of sorts. The whole lot melts together and the long tubes are cut into bite-sized pieces:

Cutting khanom tup tap, a peanut snack sold at Bangkok's annual Vegetarian Festival

The result is simultaneously savoury, sweet and crispy, and is remarkably similar in taste and texture to the the American candy bar, Butterfinger. As Phil Lees can confirm, khanom tup tap are also incredibly addictive. Get your tup tap on from now until October 9th, at the shrine described below.

Available during Bangkok’s annual Vegetarian Festival, late September/early October, at the Jo Sue Kong Shrine, Talat Noi (see map below).


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5 Comments for Khanom tup tap


No, really, khanom tup tap are awesome. I can’t believe that it has been a year since the last Vegetarian Festival.

I never knew how khanom tup tap were made–neat! They are very tasty, indeed.

Phil: Yep, hope you guys can make it back again soon!
Little Miss Contrary: It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? And yes, I have two large bags waiting for me in the fridge right now…

Wow, this one looks really good.

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