Phuket Island has a fair amount of cultural diversity. This is due to the fact that the residents of the island come from many places around Asia, especially China. Because of this, Chinese culture is everywhere; some of Phuket’s famous dishes and desserts are in fact ‘Hokkien’.
If you are looking for sweets and desserts on the island, look for ‘Keng Tin’. This Chinese dessert shop is well known on the island and has been open for 70 years. Each dessert is individually handmade according to original recipes.
Here’s a small list of the shop’s popular desserts. First up is ‘Kong Tung’ ; known in Thai as ‘Kanom Tube Tub’. This dessert is made from ground peanuts and sugar wrapped in Nypa leaves. The leaves produce an aromatic smell and keep moisture out. Second dessert is ‘Mor Lao’ which is made from sesame seeds. This dessert goes very well with tea. Third dessert is ‘Pung Pia’. Its shape is flat and round, and white in color. Pung Pia is popular among mothers who’ve recently given birth. It is said that this dessert nourishes the body. ‘Bee Pang’ is a square-shaped dessert made from rice topped with sugar. The flavor is sweet and salty because of the fried onions. Bee Pang is probably the most popular dessert of all. Last dessert is ‘Tao Sor’. This dessert is made from green beans and sugar, and comes in two flavors, sweet or salty.
Take a bite into any of Keng Tin’s desserts and you will find that they are especially sweet. This is the reason why most residents of Phuket drink tea, coffee, or something bitter to balance the taste. If you’re worried about calories, you’ll be happy to know that some of their dessert recipes have been changed to include less sugar to meet the demands of customers.
Although Keng Tin serves ancient desserts, these sweets are still very popular in today’s modern world. To keep up with the times, the shop has changed its packaging boxes to be more colorful, and comes with a factoid about the sweets and a brief history of the shop.
Location: 342-344 Phuket Road Muang, Phuket