Made in Candy: Candy Making as Mall Entertainment

IMG_5020Mall 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:IMG_5025It’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.IMG_5314

In one block you can have home made candy, refined coconut cake or a gelato “pizza” malls apparently they have an upside 😉


About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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1 Response to Made in Candy: Candy Making as Mall Entertainment

  1. Michael says:

    I want that job! So cool! It’s awful lot like how glass marbles are made.

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