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Kluai khaek

Kluai khaek
Kluai thot.jpg
Alternative namesKluai thot
CourseKhanom khai nok kratha, khao mao thot, fried taro
Place of originThailand
Region or stateSoutheast Asia
Main ingredientsBananas, rice flour, white grated coconuts, roasted white sesames, white sugar, coconut milk

Kluai khaek (Thai: กล้วยแขก, pronounced [klûa̯j kʰɛ̀ːk]), sometimes called kluai thot (กล้วยทอด, [klûa̯j tʰɔ̂ːt]), is a popular Thai street snack. May be considered to be fried banana in Thai style.

Kluai khaek is made from fried, floured banana commonly topped with white sesame, similar to chuối chiên in Vietnamese cuisine and pisang goreng in Malaysian and Indonesian cuisines.

For the word kluai in Thai means "banana" and khaek literally means "guest" and is colloquialism used for Indians, Muslims or Hindus. Assumed that the reason it was called, probably because it was adapted from the recipe of those people.[1]

At present, it can be considered as a street food that is easily found in general street stalls. Often sold with other types of snacks that have similar characteristics, such as khanom khai nok kratha, khao mao thot, fried taro, etc.

An area famous for kluai khaek in Bangkok is Nang Loeng, Pom Prap Sattru Phai District. Here, there are many kluai khaek shops. The sellers will dress with aprons different colours vary according to each shop. They will carry banana bag, walk down the street and sell to those who drive through the streets and intersections in this area. In February 2018, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has banned this type of trade. If anyone violates, it is illegal.[2] [3]


  1. ^ Ch, Taey (2017-09-26). "ประวัติ 7 อาหารไทยชื่อต่างประเทศ ชื่อนี้มาจากไหน??" [History of 7 foreign name Thai foods, Where does this name come from??]. mango zero (in Thai). Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  2. ^ Thaitrakulpanich, Asaree (2018-02-15). "BANGKOK DECLARES WAR ON FRIED BANANA VENDORS (AGAIN)". Khao Sod. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  3. ^ Therasupa, Chalinee (2017-03-10). "ใครเคยกิน? "กล้วยทอดนางเลิ้ง"" [Who ever ate? "Nang Loeng Fried Banana"]. Kom Chad Luek (in Thai). Retrieved 2019-05-20.