The perfect Thai breakfast sweet – khao neow dam sang kaya (ข้าวเหนียวดำสังขยา)

By Mark Wiens 7 Comments
khao neow dam sang kaya ข้าวเหนียวดำสังขยา

I wouldn’t call myself a diehard fan of desserts. I do enjoy the occasional sweet treat, but much of the time I prefer to fill the entirety of my stomach space with the main meal.

But every now and then, Thailand brings forth a dessert that’s simply too tempting to pass up (in my case, most of the time that temptation comes in the form of khao neow durian – probably my favorite dessert ever created).

Silom Soi 20
Silom Soi 20

She operates in the morning, vending her sweet sticky rice from a standard metal tub. People hover around her like vultures on Silom Soi 20, ordering their sweet fixation to get them through the day.

Sweet black sticky rice
Sweet black sticky rice

So what is khao neow dam sang kaya (ข้าวเหนียวดำสังขยา)?

The first and foundational ingredient is black sticky rice. Each and every grain of the sweetened rice is like an individual morsel, almost like a kernel of corn that’s bathed in a light syrup.

The sang kaya part is a sweet creamy slice of custard. This vendor goes the extra mile and adds a splash of coconut cream in between the sticky rice and custard. The ingredients are compiled on a piece of banana leaf and folded into a sweet little package.

Black sticky rice and custard ข้าวเหนียวดำสังขยา

Her version has the edge on any other khao neow dam sang kaya (ข้าวเหนียวดำสังขยา) variation I’ve sampled in Bangkok.

The slightly crunchy grains of rice paired with just a little nibble of the custard and that light coconut cream was simply a magical little breakfast dessert treat!

How to get there


Silom Soi 20, Bangkok, Thailand
Morning Market – She sells probably from 7 am – 9 am – and sells out! I got there at about 8 am.

Located right across the street from Wat Khaek (also known as Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple)

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  • brknkls

    5 years ago

    Is this still around? I went by today around 8:30a and could not find it. I’m sure it is my fault. Tried using the picture to find and asked some policemen.

    • brknkls

      5 years ago

      I ended up going back and trying to versions: one of a lady very close to the Silom Rd (I think this was the correct one) and another pushing a cart along Silom Soi 20. I also bought a version with what I believe was fried bits (garlic or shallots?) top, which was also sweet. I loved that one because of the sweet/savory contrast. What is that called?

  • puff & pie

    9 years ago

    Thanks for khao neow dam sang kaya thai black sticky rice dessert.

    But its too much sweet. Can not eat whole.

    • Dwight Turner

      9 years ago

      You’re right it’s a bit much for one person, but we think Thai food is best when shared— that goes for desserts like this one too!