During Songkran, my co-workers were excited to reintroduce us to snake in banana leaves, and they also taught us how to make another traditional Burmese snack. This one was even simpler:
- Hand-shave the flesh of several ripe coconuts.
- Make dough using a combination of rice powder, sticky rice powder, and water. Mix well with your hands.
- Tear off a small chunk of dough.
- Embed a piece of dried palm sugar (seems very similar to jaggery) in the dough and roll it into a ball.
- Boil the balls in a big pot of water. When they rise to the top they are ready.
- Serve with shaved coconut.
They taste like little mochi balls with sweet syrup inside. I liked mine with lots of coconut. There’s also an element of excitement, caused by the fact that some of the dough balls have chilies inside of them instead of sugar! We made these snacks again this weekend for my family, and I tricked my brother with a very spicy one that I made just for him: