Luk chup

Luk chup (Thai: ลูกชุบ, pronounced [lûːk t͡ɕʰúp]), also spelled look choop,[1] is a type of Thai dessert[2] derived from marzipan, a recipe from Portugal, called massapão. The Portuguese used almonds as the main ingredient but, given the absence of almonds in Thailand, they were replaced by mung beans.

In the past it was made only for the king, royal families[3] and people in the palace. Nowadays, luk chup can be purchased in general dessert shops in Thailand. The shape of luk chup is molded into fruit or vegetable shapes such as a mango, a chili and orange, etc. with colors that match the color of the foods they represent.[3][4]

Typical ingredients in luk chup include mung beans, coconut milk, sugar, jelly powder, water and food coloring.[3] The beans, coconut milk and sugar are mixed into a paste, from which the luk chup is then formed.[5] The food coloring can be painted onto the dessert, and it is sometimes dipped in agar to provide a shiny appearance.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b McDermott, N. (2012). Real Vegetarian Thai (in German). Chronicle Books LLC. p. 171. ISBN 978-1-4521-1644-0. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Yi, Lee Khang (May 24, 2015). "In search of Thai food: 3 under-the-radar places in KL and PJ". Malay Mail Online. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Showcase of culinary heritage from Land of Smiles". The Star. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  4. ^ Ling, K.F.; Tsai, M.; Liew, C.; Tettoni, L.I. (2012). The Asian Kitchen. NONE. Tuttle Publishing. p. 439. ISBN 978-1-4629-0532-4. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  5. ^ Krauss, S.; Ganguillet, L.; Sanguanwong, V.; Tettoni, L.I. (2012). Authentic Recipes from Thailand. NONE. Tuttle Publishing. p. 22. ISBN 978-1-4629-0547-8. Retrieved May 16, 2017.