Hope you’re a big foodie enough to venture out of Trang town for an eating spree so originally local and enticing.
Huay Yod is a tiny two-lane district about 30 k.m. north of Trang town, and the fact that the area is packed with great foods still surprises me. My friend, Muay, a Trang native, was so busy calling her friends, asking for recommendations. Like many other places in the province, good things in Huay Yod are private and people there are too happy to keep them so. You have to know someone who knows someone to get to the gist of the local eating.
The above picture is the place where Muay’s friend took us. From the outside, the place looks like a closed and private home. In fact, that’s what it is, a private home, and just 4 days a month (one day before every Buddhist holy day or Wan Phra which happens 4 times a month and are pre-recorded in the Thai calendar), the door will be just slightly open to allow customers in. Walking past without anyone’s recommendation, chances are you’ll just walk past, thinking there’s nothing in this empty strip of the district.
But then on the inside, we found a myriad of freshly-made Thai and Chinese desserts. Trang is an old Thai-Chinese trading community and their foods clearly represent that fact. This place is run by three sisters, making old-school Chinese and Thai sweets, from ‘Tuay Foo’ ถ้วยฟู (top left: sweet dough), ‘Khao-Niew Mon‘ ข้าวเหนียวมอญ (top right: banana-stuffed black sticky rice), ‘Kanom Chan‘ ขนมชั้น (bottom left: layered sweet) and ‘Kanom Hua Lan’ ขนมหัวล้าน and ‘Kanom Tao’ ขนมเต่า which are glutinous dumplings with candied coconut and mung bean paste stuffing. These sweets are packed ready for people to come and buy, and there are so much more back in the kitchen. You just can’t judge the book by its cover: this place is dead quiet, but customers steam in continuously for these sweet treats.
This place is on the back street off the main street in Huay Yod. Consult your calendar for Buddhist Holy Day before hitting the road.
ขนมกรุบกรอบของจีน – ขนมสายบัว หน้าแตก ขนมพอง – ร้านก๋งลุ้ง ห้วยยอด | Trang’s style Chinese snacks at Kong Lung
Just before we entered the district’s market strip, Muay told us to stop at this small shophouse to buy ‘Khao Pong’ ข้าวพอง (rice crackers) for her mother. Turns out that this place, called ‘Kong Lung’ ก๋งลุ้ง is yet another gem of Huay Yod, has been around at least for decades and is still continuing its Chinese snacks traditions. Available treats here include the rice cracker, Kanom Na Taek ขนมหน้าแตก (Chinese sesame cookies) and Kanom Sai Bua ขนมสายบัว (deep-fried dough strings with sweet and savoury seasoning). Three packs are Bt100 and I bought one of each and liked them all, especially the Chinese cookies, which for me, are so rich and aromatic with white sesame. So good with coffee and tea. They also deliver countrywide, just call T: (075) 235-285, 086-624-3702.