How to make: Sticky rice and mangoes with sweet coconut sauce (khao neaw mamuang) |

How to make: Sticky rice and mangoes with sweet coconut sauce (khao neaw mamuang)

If you’re a Filipino living abroad, craving for suman with ripe mangoes but suman is not available, this Thai version of basically the same dish is something that you can prepare at home. Canned coconut milk can be substituted for fresh. Glutinous rice is not hard to find although they may be called by other names depending on your location. And mangoes are popular the world over.

Khao neaw mamuang is a popular snack in Thailand. You’ll find the dressed up version in restaurants but equally delicious (minus the plating) street food versions can be had for just a fraction of the price.

While there’s nothing like fresh coconut cream, the canned version is not an altogether bad substitute. For instructions on how to extract coconut cream and milk, click here. If using canned, get coconut cream instead of coconut milk, reserve what you need for the sauce and just dilute the remainder with water for cooking the rice.


  • 1 c. of glutinous rice, soaked in water for at least six hours then cooked with 1-1/2 c. of coconut milk, a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp. of sugar
    4 ripe mangoes

    For the sauce:

    1/2 c. of coconut cream mixed with 4 tsps. of sugar and a pinch of salt

    To garnish:

    1 tsp. each of white and black sesame seeds, dry toasted (see illustrated guide)


  1. Slice the mangoes to remove the stones at the center. Sticky rice and mangoes with sweet coconut sauce (khao neaw mamuang)

    Using a sharp knife, score the mangoes (don’t cut through the skins!) to make slices about a quarter of an inch thick. Do this diagonally so that you’ll have closely uniform slices. Sticky rice and mangoes with sweet coconut sauce (khao neaw mamuang)

    Using a spoon, scoop out the mango flesh.

    Do the same with all the mangoes. Sticky rice and mangoes with sweet coconut sauce (khao neaw mamuang)

    Place about 1/4 cup of rice at the center of a plate. An ice cream scoop is useful but not essential. Sticky rice and mangoes with sweet coconut sauce (khao neaw mamuang)

    Arrange the mango slices around the rice, dividing them equally among the four plates.

    Pour the coconut cream around the mango slices.

    Don’t overdo the coconut cream. Two reasons: 1) It is very rich and too much may give you stomach trouble. 2) Too much and you’ll overpower the natural sweetness of the mangoes. You just want enough to dip the rice in.

    Sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds over the rice and mangoes and serve.

    For maximum enjoyment, dip each spoonful of rice in the coconut cream and make sure that you add a slice or two of mangoes to the spoon before lifting it to your lips.


Cooking time (duration): 15 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 4

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Hello, my name is Connie Veneracion. I cook, I shoot, I write. But I don't do the laundry. I don't like housekeeping very much either... (more about me)

13 Responses

  1. haidee says:

    i will so love this.. mangoes in coco cream… yummy!!! =)

  2. Juana says:

    I tried this dessert at my favorite Thai Restaurant in California two summers ago. It cost me $8.95 per plate but it was worth the money for it was so delicious. When I returned to that same restaurant at winter time, they stop making it. I was so disappointed, I stopped eating there. I was really surprised to find it at your website. Thank you so much! Now, I can make it at home. Yipee! More power to you!

    • rinz says:

      hi ms. connie, i agree with you….nothing beats Philippine mango. Panahon na ng mangga dito ngayon sa Thailand…sa appearance lang sila magkamukha ng Philippine mangoes pero sa lasa…malayung-malayo.

  3. Joy says:

    That looks great! I love the combination of mangos and coconuts in any form or manner. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Maricel says:

    A trick I learned is to use a drinking glass instead of a spoon to separate the mango flesh from the skin. The is less damage to the flesh and makes it more presentable

  5. I am one who craves suman but it’s not available. Thanks for this recipe to help me satisfy this very important need!

  6. emyM says:

    Excellent presentation!
    LOve the color of your mangoes…bet those are sweet.

  7. Len Medina says:

    i’ve been looking for the recipe of this dish since i tried it at soms. thank you very much for sharing this. you’re awesome!

  8. Connie says:

    Nothing beats Philippine mangoes. :)

  9. Connie says:

    Now you know how easy it is to prepare at home. :)

  10. Kuya Ken says:

    Especially carabao mangoes,di ba?