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Used predominantly in desserts, Palm Sugar (Nam Than Peep, น้ําตาลปี๊บ), made from the sap of the coconut palm, is a darker, more caramel-tasting, less refined sugar than what we normally use as sweetener in the West.
Recipes using palm sugar:
- Asian broccoli salad
- Classic pad thai
- Nuoc cham (Vietnamese dipping sauce)
- Vegetarian laksa
- Vegetable pad see ew
Imparting an almost toffee-like quality doesn’t mean that it can only be used in sweets, however. Some curries and heavier savory dishes call for a touch to be added to round out the flavor profile.
If you can’t find this at your local shop, dark turbinado or granulated sugar will do in a pinch.
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