Miang kham

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Miang kham
Miang kam ready.JPG
Miang Kham before wrapping
Type Snack
Place of origin Laos and Thailand
Main ingredients Piper sarmentosum or Erythrina fusca leaves, coconut, shallots, bird's eye chili, ginger, garlic, lime, among others
Cookbook: Miang kham  Media: Miang kham

Miang kham (or "mieng kham", miang kam, miang kum, Thai: เมี่ยงคำ, pronounced [mîaŋ kʰām]) is a traditional snack from Thailand and Laos (Lao: ໝ້ຽງ Lao pronunciation: [mȉaːŋ]). It is often sold in the street, with the ingredients wrapped separately in small plastic bags.

The name "miang kham" translates to "eating many things in one bite", from miang (food wrapped in leaves) and kham (a bite).


Miang kham mostly consists of raw fresh Piper sarmentosum (Thai: ชะพลู; rtgsCha phlu) or Erythrina fusca (Thai: ทองหลาง; rtgsThong lang)[1] leaves that are filled with roasted coconut shavings and the following main ingredients chopped or cut into small pieces:

Before wrapping the filled leaves are topped with palm syrup or sugar cane syrup which often has been cooked with lemongrass, galangal, ginger and fish sauce.[2]

Miang kham bags for sale in Bangkok.
Wrapped Miang kham
Miang pla, with Chinese broccoli leaves


In Vientiane, the capital of Laos, miang is often folded in cooked cabbage leaves (kaalampii) or lettuce. Alternately, other leaves, such as spinach, can be used.[3]

A variation called miang pla includes pieces of deep-fried fish in addition to the standard ingredients.


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