Maprao Gaew (Candied Coconut Ribbons)

    1 hour

    This coconut candy is one of my favorites. It's easy to make and looks very pretty. It makes a great gift, because everybody loves homemade sweets.


    Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon), Thailand
    16 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 1 meaty coconut
    • 150g sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 75 ml water

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. With a screwdriver poke through the 3 "eyes" of the coconut. Pour out the water. Break your coconut with a hammer into two halves. Remove the meat in as few pieces as possible. (I find that roasting the coconut for 15 minutes helps loosen the meat from the shell.)
    2. Peel the brown skin off the meat. With a peeler or a sharp knife cut the meat into thin strips, about 5-6 centimeters long.
    3. In a large pot bring enough water to cover the meat to a boil. Boil the coconut meat for 5 minutes to get rid of some of the fat. Drain.
    4. In the same pot combine the water, sugar and salt. Bring to a gentle boil. Add the coconut strips and turn the heat to low. Maintain a gentle simmer and keep stirring the strips carefully to keep in contact with the syrup. The syrup will thicken and the coconut meat will turn somewhat glassy looking.
    5. When the syrup has evaporated completely the coconut ribbons will start to look like they are coated with white sugar crystals. Turn the heat very low and keep on stirring until all ribbons look coated in white sugar crystals and look dry.
    6. Pour out onto a sheet pan and let cool completely. Store them in a tightly closing container.

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    My mom loved them!! She said they were better than any store-bought version she has tried. I'm considering adding a little rum or rum flavoring next time. What an awesome cocktail complement, yummy!  -  16 Dec 2015


    I made this recipe exactly as it was written, the only thing I added was a little food coloring which doesn't change the taste only the looks. I split them up into three different colors. Pink, green and yellow. I originally learned this recipe for my Vietnamese friend. Adding the colors makes it look really pretty.  -  22 Mar 2017


    Living in Hawaii, I have fresh coconut from my yard daily. I have found these candied ribbons at specialty stores and they are delicious, hard to find and very expensive. I tried my hand at this recipe and followed it exactly and the results are amazing! The recipe is very simple and although I may experiment with it later, for now, it’s perfect…why mess with a good thing?! I’ve shared these as gifts in glass jars with cute tags and my friends and family love them. Thank you Toi!  -  18 Jun 2015

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