Slideshow: Market Tours: BhanKanomThai, Thai Dessert and Snack Capital of Los Angeles

Grilled banana leaf wrapped sticky rice with banana
Grilled banana leaf wrapped sticky rice with banana

These are available warm through out the day. The rice is lightly sweet, chewy, and perfumed with the aroma of the cooked banana inside of it.

Coconut custard filled with tiny tapioca pearls
Coconut custard filled with tiny tapioca pearls

This six-pack of sweet creamy coconut custard is available in the refrigerated section of the store. Each aluminum foil cup held a layer of tender green tapioca pearls mixed with al dente taro and creamy coconut topping.

A bag of jaggedly crispy fried fish fillet chips
A bag of jaggedly crispy fried fish fillet chips

In addition to freshly made desserts, Bhan Kanom Thai's walls are packed with made-in-Thailand snacks, cookies, candies, convenience foods and Thai canned coconut milks.

Grilled Coconut Milk
Grilled Coconut Milk

Simply labeled as "grilled coconut milk" in the store, these griddled pastries are one of their more popular items, made from rice flour and lightly sweetened coconut milk. They are cooked lightly so that the interior remains creamy and custardy.

Instant Jok
Instant Jok

The Thai equivalent to instant cup of noodles.

Khanom Buang
Khanom Buang

These crepe-like crispy dessert tacos of sorts are made from mung bean and rice flours and then topped with palm-sugar sweetened meringue and shredded egg yolk. They are made multiple times a day and always available warm.

Khanom Tuay
Khanom Tuay

This is another type of coconut custard eaten at room temperature. The bottom layer is colored with a brown sugar-like mixture of palm sugar.

Bags of dried attap fruit
Bags of dried attap fruit

Many tropical fruits found in Thailand like this attap fruit are not available fresh in the US. Thus, Bhan Kanom Thai has fruits like these available dried.

Soft and pillowy baked buns filled with creamy pandan custard
Soft and pillowy baked buns filled with creamy pandan custard

By far my favorite item in the store. They are incredibly soft, even after a few days out, with a very nice 1:1 ratio of soft, yeasty bread to creamy coconut milk pandan custard.

Roti Sai Mai
Roti Sai Mai

The young manager Alvin was teaching his employees the art of making this unique Thai sweet by splattering a ball of wheat flour batter onto a hot griddle and thinning it out. They are left chewy and then stuffed with Thai-style cotton candy shaped like string. Plain sugar is the prevailing flavor.

Ruammit drink
Ruammit drink

Bhan Kanom Thai is equipped with a shave ice bar with textural Thai toppings like sweetened gelatinous basil seeds and sweet water chestnuts in multiple colors.

Sticky Rice with Mango
Sticky Rice with Mango

Do not the underestimate the ubiquitous, seemingly boring Thai dessert of sticky rice cooked in sweetened coconut milk with mangos. The rice here was pleasurably al dente and it included a whole, jumbo, perfectly ripe Mexican Manila mango and a half (pit included). As if that wasn't enough, it is served with an intense salty-sour coconut milk sauce to touch all aspects of the salty, sour, and sweet Thai flavor spectrum.

Warm Thai Desserts
Warm Thai Desserts

There are also warm soupy Thai desserts with a base of coconut milk and things like floral taro and bananas mixed in. If you're lucky enough, you might arrive during a makeshift "happy hour" where some of them are available at a reduced price.