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DIY Snacks | Miang Kam (royal leaf wrap appetizer)

Miang kam (or "mieng kham", "miang kham", "miang kum") is a snack food which is very popular in the northern part of Thailand using pickled tea leaves as its main ingredient (called "miang" in the northern Thai language). It is known as the “Epic of the Verse of foods” (a book written by the King Rama II) with a mixed of all possible tastes in a single bite. The dish is usually eaten during rainy season as it's the period when cha phlu leaves are abundantly available and it's definitely more enjoyable to eat with family and friends.



  • Cha phlu leaves (or "Piper sarmentosum")

  • Small cubical slices of roasted coconut

  • Small cubical slices of shallot

  • Small cubical slices of ginger

  • Small cubical slices of lime (including its peel)

  • Sliced bird's eye chili peppers

  • Chopped unsalted peanuts

  • Small dried shrimps

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A royal leaf wrap appetizer


  • Palm sugar : 1 cup

  • Fish sauce : 1 tablespoon

  • Thai chilli shrimp paste : 1 tablespoon

  • Grinded galangal : 1 tablespoon

  • Grinded lemongrass : 1 tablespoon

  • Grinded dried shrimps : 1/4 cup

  • Grinded roasted peanuts : 1/4 cup

  • Grinded roasted coconuts : 1/4 cup

Cooking steps

  1. Roast cubical sliced coconuts in a low heated pan until t slightly turns to gold and you can smell its aroma then put it on a separated plate

  2. Prepare the sauce by stirring palm sugar in a pot until it's melted then add the fish sauce and Thai chilli shrimp paste until they're all mixed

  3. Add all grinded galangal, lemon grass, dried shrimps, roasted peanuts and roasted coconuts into the pot and continue stirring for 3-5 minutes then your sauce is ready

  4. Boom! Your Miang Kam is now ready to serve by putting all small portions main ingredients on the Cha phlu leaf fit for a single bite then dressing with the sauce. All the tastes you could possibly ask for is now in your hand!

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