Coconut waffle balls
- Sandra W. Feb 2, 2002 06:15 PM
Okay, so maybe they've got another name besides "coconut waffle balls", (and maybe some of you know it.) Today in Sanamluang's parking lot, a street vendor was selling them. He poured what looked like waffle batter into these super-heated irons that made half a ball each, and as they started to cook he poured some sort of thick coconut concoction into the center of each. He covered them with a wok lid and let them cook. When they were done he scooped out one and put it on top of the other, creating a perfect ball, crunchy on the outside, sweet and creamy on the inside. HEAVENLY! $2 for eight of them. They were so rich, I could only eat two.
re: Sandra W.
I was so pleased to see your posting. The desserts are called kanom klok and the vendor is only there on weekends. He did say he would be there until 10:00 p.m.
Kanom klok is often available also at the Thai snack shop across the street from Sanamluang and at the Thai temple, Wat Thai, in North Hollywood on weekends.
I know this isn't what you're talking about, but I want to mention two other coconut pastries. Saladang, a Thai restaurant in Pasadena that I really like, has fried bananas (not plantains) in coconut flakes, with a sweet flambé sauce. They're very tasty. Also, Porto's Cuban Bakery on Brand in Glendale has these hard coconut candy/pastry balls that are very nice, too.
My wife and I went and gave these a try this morning, and, as promised, these are REALLY good! Crispy, chewy rice batter filled with hot coconut-scented tapioca-like pudding. My wife immediately pronounced them "the best thing she's ever tasted."
One sort of funny thing -- we got there about 10:30 a.m., and there was a line five or six people long. During the half-hour or so that we waited, it seemed like the vender was maybe not used to quite so big a crowd. I was sort of tempted to tell him he'd been chowhounded.
Anyway, thanks for the tip Sandra W.