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Kanom Krok Is Our New Morning Snack Obsession

A rare Thai treat comes to Oakland.

Kanom krok from Kroakland.

 

The most challenging thing, Nancy Normand and Erika Pallasigue say, is explaining exactly what their product is to would-be customers.

Kroakland, their Oakland company, specializes in a Thai sweet known as kanom krok, which is sold as a morning snack by street vendors in Bangkok. Many Americans have never seen anything quite like it. And so they ask: Is it a pancake? A pudding?

“We’ve heard it all,” Pallasigue says.

All you need to know about the cakes—let’s call them cakes—is that they’re delicious: Made with a rice-flour batter that’s cooked to order in a dimpled cast-iron pan, the kanom krok ($5 for six) crisp up outside but have the chewiness of mochi or a pandan waffle. Sandwiched inside is a layer of cool coconut cream and your choice of toppings—a savory-sweet combination of corn kernels and chives is the most traditional option.

The recipe comes from Normand’s mother, Suchin Normand, who has sold kanom krok at the Berkeley Thai Buddhist temple’s Sunday brunches since the ’90s. Pallasigue and the younger Normand dream of eventually opening a kanom krok café— maybe with a bake-it-yourself setup similar to what you’d find at a Korean barbecue spot.

For now, you can find their kanom krok at the Fruitvale farmers’ market on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 3411 E. 12th St. (Near 34th Ave.), Oakland

 

Originally published in the November issue of San Francisco 

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