Mall culture in Bangkok is like no other. Like Canada they have a climate that most of the year is unbearable and everyone wants to escape. The solution to this: highly air conditioned malls filled with shops of every kind (mostly upscale international brands) and a lot of places to eat.
When you have maxed out your credit cards and can’t eat another thing there are other forms of entertainment: Sea World, Madame Tussauds and Made in Candy
To be honest I was amazed at how transfixed Neil and I were by the candy makers. So much so I shot some short videos (see below) of course the key part of them assembling the candy I forgot to video, but fear not if you want to see even more candy making video check out Youtube.
These videos are in order, all of them short (even though they took forever to upload) showing most of the process of how these blobs of sugar are transformed into something I certainly didn’t see coming.
When they finally chopped up the candy and gave out samples I was really blown away by how this manipulated blobs somehow became this:It’s the seeds that really amaze me. I watched them do it and yet it’s still pretty incredible.
Speaking of incredible: Bangkok Malls. Made in Candy is in Central World which is the first of three malls on that block. You may be wondering why I am dedicating so much time to malls given that I moved to NYC in part to escape them.
In Bangkok they have started to take over every other block seems to be a mall or a mall soon to be built of completed. I’m all for more air conditioning 😉 And food courts at this places are packed, with Thai people. And next to Japanese Food Thai food is by far the most prevalent.
My Thai friend here took me to lunch yesterday, at the mall across the street from Siam Center to a Thai restaurant that is famous for it’s cakes called White Flower Factory. The coconut cake was a surprise generously topped with spaghetti like strings of unsweetened coconut, the cake was a layer of custard, sponge cake, coconut cream with just the right amount of sweetness. In the states I would expect this to be a sugar bomb instead it was simple and sophisticated and didn’t leave you diabetic.
In one block you can have home made candy, refined coconut cake or a gelato “pizza” malls apparently they have an upside 😉