Mieng Kham is an old world snack consisting of a small sampling of natural ingredients, each specifically chosen to tantalize the four flavor profiles of Thai cuisine: sweet, salty, sour & spicy. Traditional Mieng Kham consists of: Betel leafs, dehydrated shrimp, toasted coconut slivers, roasted peanuts, diced red onions, Thai chili peppers, ginger, and limes (with peel). Simply add a smidgen of each to a leaf, a dab of Mieng sauce (a caramel of fish sauce and palm sugar). The finished product should be a bite-sized leaf wrap.
As odd as these ingredients sound individually, the resulting combination is comparable to the filling of an "Almond Joy"- crunchy coconut & salted caramel! While we have tweaked the ingredients just a tad to suit our desired taste & texture profile, Rabieng's Mieng Kham is a homage true to authenticity. Try it with a cold beer!
Mieng Kham is simple, yet complex, delightful and delicious! It is no wonder that this rather "primitive" food remains a popular Thai snack today.
Dehydrated shrimp never tasted so good! Yes, that's a tiny wedge of lime with peel. Wrapped up and ready to enjoy!!!