When I was young about 4, my father was stationed for his work in the small seaside town east of Bangkok. For some reason, my brother and I went to school there for a year and our mother would travel from Bangkok to join us for the weekends. My father’s chauffer‘s wife had to babysit me from time to time in between our ‘nannies’. Dad would give her some money to buy me afternoon treats. She often bought me this beautiful thing that would become my favourite until now – candied coconut. It was also the first thing I learned to cook in the home-economics class in school years later. So it was quite nostalgic when I made this the other day.
1 ½ cups desiccated coconut (long threads)
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup water
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
A drop of food colouring (pink and green are traditional)