Thai Roti Sai Mai - Ayutthaya's Cotton Candy
Roti sai mai is a fun and colorful Thai street food from the Ayutthaya region in the south. The crepe is a thin rice crepe, different than a French crepe but no less delicious. Then you fill it with pulled candy floss. Or cotton candy as a close sub. They are easy, colorful, and just as much fun to make as they are to eat.
The rice crepe recipe was really difficult to find. I searched google, I searched youtube. I searched youtube some more, then I asked in facebook groups, and eventually I had it figured out. Mostly. I never could get the technique the same and had to use a spatula to make up for it. The taste is the same though. The crepes themselves are not that sweet, since they are encasing cotton candy it hardly needs it. The crepes can be made in advance but don't fill them until you are ready to eat as the moisture in the crepe dissolves the cotton candy.
1 c. flour
1/2 c. sweet mochiko rice flour
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. green pandan extract
4 oz. cotton candy
Mix together both flours, and the sugar. Using your hand hold the bowl under running water and mix in the water, a little at a time, until a smooth paste forms. then add more water and mix it in until smooth again. Keep adding water, a little at a time, and mixing, until the mixture is like a thin pancake batter. Stir in the vanilla extract.
In a small non-stick frying pan pour 2-3 tablespoons of the batter on to a preheated pan. Working quickly spread the batter really thin. Leave the pan alone until the sides pull away and the crepe is easy to lift. Remove from the pan and repeat.
Once you have used half the batter stir in the pandan extract and continue like above.
Once all the crepes are cooked and cooled fill with cotton candy and eat immediately.