Khao Kriap Wow – An Ancient Thai Snack (ข้าวเกรียบว่าว)

By Mark Wiens 6 Comments
Khao Kriap Wow (ข้าวเกรียบว่าว)
Khao Kriap Wow (ข้าวเกรียบว่าว)

I’m not even sure if Khao Kriap Wow (ข้าวเกรียบว่าว) would be officially considered a Thai dessert, or a savory khanom snack.

It is slightly sweet, but then again, nearly everything edible in Thailand contains at least a little sugar.

Though it’s not the most widely available Thai snack, I’ve seen Khao Kriap Wow (ข้าวเกรียบว่าว) a number of times walking around  Bangkok. Usually they are sold pre-packed in a plastic bag in packs of 3 or so.

Khao Kriap Wow (ข้าวเกรียบว่าว), which is also known as Khao Kuap, is a combination of sticky rice flour, palm sugar, coconut cream, and eggs.

The thin pancakes are dried and then roasted over hot coals as they react like puffed rice.

To me it tastes like a combination of rice cake and roasted meringue. Not bad, but not my favorite snack in Thailand – it’s a bit dry!

Here’s the video so you can check out the cool preparation process:

If you can’t see the video, watch it on YouTube here)

Thank you for watching!

Have you ever had Khao Kriap Wow before?

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  • Greg

    6 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    I stumbled across khao kriap wow only yesterday for the first time, at a relative of my fiancée’s family up near Khon Kaen. We first had some green mango and nam prik, and then they cooked up some khao kriap wow. I too thought it was a bit on the dry side, so I countered the dryness by dipping liberally into the leftover nam prik…..delicious (mind you everyone was laughing at what I was doing lol).
    keep up the great work!

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hey Greg, great to hear you had some khao kriap wow, haha, that sounds pretty good!

  • Audrey | That Backpacker

    9 years ago

    That looks like a fun one to make. I think half the reason I enjoy street food so much is that I can watch someone cook it right before my eyes with strange utensils.

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Hey Audrey, for me too! It’s nice to be able to see how something is prepared before eating it!

  • Maria

    9 years ago

    I must have an internal clock that draws me to your videos and photos – resolution for next year, don’t watch Mark before or while eating! *laugh*

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Haha, thanks a lot Maria, I always appreciate you watching! Hope you have a very Happy New Year!