Mung Bean Pudding with Salted Coconut Cream

To love tao suan, you have to love beans in desserts. But that's not hard to do.

A few years ago, someone asked me to comment on the use of dried beans in Thai cuisine. I wasn’t sure what her expectation was, but I told her that, except for fermented soybeans used as seasoning ingredients in savory dishes, traditionally beans show up in Thai cooking almost solely in sweet applications. “The Thai people see dried beans mainly as dess…

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