Yes, we do have a version of the waffle in Thailand! We call them “kanom rung peung” or literally “bee hive snack”, and they are made with coconut milk, palm sugar, shredded coconut, and studded with sweet corn, but you can change the corn to taro, raisins, or anything else you’d like.
Though I often eat these for breakfast (I freeze them and just pop them in the toaster), in Thailand they are sold on the street and are eaten as snacks any time of day (kind of like a doughnut!), and because they are already sweet and delicious on their own, you don’t need any additional toppings!
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Pailin “Pai” Chongchitnant is the author of the Hot Thai Kitchen cookbook, co-host of a Canadian TV series One World Kitchen on Gusto TV, and creator and host of the YouTube channel Pailin’s Kitchen.
Pai was born and raised in southern Thailand where she spent much of her “playtime” in the kitchen. She traveled to Canada to study Nutritional Sciences at the University of British Columbia, and was later trained as a chef at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in San Francisco.
After working in both Western and Thai professional kitchens, she decided that her passion really lies in educating and empowering others to cook at home via YouTube videos, her cookbook, and cooking classes. She currently lives in Vancouver, and goes to Thailand every year to visit her family. Visit her at