Seattle is no stranger to incredible Thai food. We’ve long been sold on dining on the wide-noodle heaven of pad see ew or diving into a bowl of fantastic tom kha gai. But what’s for dessert? This is where Nit Thai Dessert in Wallingford comes to the rescue. Serving up the quintessential sweet dishes you would find at street stalls in Bangkok, Nit Thai Desserts is highlighting just how perfect mango and sticky rice can be.
JP, lead chef of the operation, said the secret to making incredible mango and sticky rice isn’t complicated, but it does require the highest quality ingredients and knowing exactly how to prepare them. For starters, Nit Thai Dessert uses only organic mangos. The team hand selects only the mangos they themselves would enjoy eating. If the mangos aren’t good enough, they won’t serve them.
“Mango and sticky rice is a best-selling, well-known Thai dessert, and we're thinking it could be elevated to the next level,” JP said of the origins of Nit Thai Dessert. “Seattle is such an exciting city and there should be more exciting foods.”
To make the mango and sticky rice dish, the team takes organic mango and pairs it with your choice of several flavors of sticky rice. Choose from traditional coconut, pandan, Thai tea, or purple black rice - or opt for a scoop of each. “These colors have a subtle hint of flavor, and I think that that is really the main selling point,” JP said. “We all know the mango is good, but we’ve figured out how to get creative with the flavors.”
The warm rice then gets an extra drizzle of sweetened coconut milk and gets topped with crunchy mung bean sprinkles and a sprig of fresh mint.
But the commissary kitchen’s magic serving window, as JP calls it, has a larger menu than just mango and sticky rice. And everything they serve is vegan and gluten-free. When available, Nit Thai serves durian and sticky rice which substitutes mango for durian, the king of fruit in Thailand. A polarizing taste, most people either love or loathe the stinky fruit.
“We figure we can expand on the concept and keep the momentum going instead of just relying on the mango sticky rice,” said JP. “Durian is an acquired taste. I will say it's really not for everybody.”
For those less inclined to try something that most think smells like dirty socks (even by those who love it), Nit Thai Dessert is also making an unforgettable mango smoothie. Again, using only organic mangos and sweetened coconut milk, their smoothie may be slightly less vibrant in color than some others in town, but it’s certainly the pinnacle of taste.
The magic window is also delivering fried banana fritters, another staple of Bangkok street food. And soon the team will debut a sticky rice donut topped with an organic mango puree, mung bean sprinkles, and a coconut glaze.
“This will be one of a kind,” JP said. “There's nowhere else on Earth making these, not even in Thailand.”
Once you’ve tasted Nit Thai Dessert’s refreshing organic mango creations with perfectly warm sticky rice, you’ll be going back often to try all of JP’s sweet Thai creations.
Nit Thai Dessert is located at 4405 Wallingford Ave N and open from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. They accept walk-up orders or online orders through their website. The shop accepts credit and debit cards or Apple Pay.