Salad of Thai milkweed flower buds
(yam daawk ; khajaawn ยำดอกขจร)

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By: Hanuman

The first Thai restaurant in London was opened during the 1960’s by HRH Princess Jurairat Nasiriman (1910-2000) (พระเจ้าวรวงศ์เธอ พระองค์เจ้าจุไรรัตนศิริมาน), the granddaughter of HRH King Mongkut (Rama IV). Princess Jurairat chose to offer this salad on the menu and named it “Salad of Thai Milkweed Flower“. (Other names: Cowslip creeper, Telosma Cordata)

This fresh and tasty salad is so vibrant and easy for us to enjoy, it takes in the very basic flavors, sweet, salty, hot and sour and wrap them in a creamy coat of reduced coconut cream. The milkweed flower buds retain their crunchiness and their pleasant fragrance with only a gentle and very quick blanching in sweet boiling water.

This classy food is cooked in less than 10 minutes and the princess presents it with an extra crunch of deep fried sweet shallots and garlic and pleasantly decorates it with fresh red long chili juliennes and reduced coconut cream.

Everything you need to lift your spirits.

Besides being tasty and very easy to make, its cooking philosophy teaches us to be humble with our actions so not to obstruct the final goal, and to preserve the fundamental characters of the ingredients we use.

Salad of Thai milkweed flower buds
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Thai
Servings 4


  • 5-7 pieces shrimp heads on, shell on, about 150 gr
  • 100 gr lean pork meat sliced thinly
  • 200 gr milkweed flower buds (about 2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons deep fried crispy shallots
  • 2 tablespoons deep fried crispy garlic
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 piece fresh red long chili cut into juliennes

Salad Dressing

  • 1 piece garlic clove medium size
  • 5-6 pieces fresh bird's eye chilies
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk reduced to about 4 tablespoons



  • In boiling water, cook the shrimp until just done, for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Peel the shrimp and slice them halfway. Remove the black vein. Set aside.
  • In the same water, cook the pork until done, for about 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
  • Add granulated sugar to clean water and bring to the boil.
  • Place the flower buds on a strainer and dip the flowers in the sweetened boiling water three times, 1-2 second each time.
  • Transfer the flowers immediately to an ice bath, Strain and set aside

Method Salad Dressing

  • In a small saucepan over low heat bring the coconut cream to a boil, mix it constantly and keep stirring until the coconut cream thickens and small oil drops appear on its surface. Set aside and cool to room temperature.
  • In a mortar and pestle pound the garlic to a smooth paste, add chilies and roughly bruise them
  • Add lime juice
  • Add fish sauce
  • Add granulated sugar

Method Combine Salad

  • In a serving bowl, mix the cooked shrimps, the cooked pork and salad dressing
  • Add the blanched milkweed flower buds, mix well
  • Add half of the reduced coconut cream (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Add crispy deep fried garlic and shallots, toss everything gently to mix
  • Decorate with the rest of the reduced coconut cream and fresh red long chili juliennes
  • Serve immediately
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11 comments… add one
  • nutt Jun 30, 2010, 8:51 pm

    เมนูนี้น่าทานอีกแล้ว ปกติจะเอาดอกขจรมาทำเป็นแกงจืด แต่เดี๋ยวจะลองทำเมนูนี้ทานบ้าง ^^

  • ปุ่น Jun 30, 2010, 9:09 pm

    ไม่ได้เข้ามาซะนาน คุณหนุมานยังทำอาหารน่ากินมาก ๆ เหมือนเดิม ดอกขจรนี้หากินยากนะคะ ยินดีด้วยที่ได้มายำให้พวกเราดูกัน ใส่กะทิกับหอม กระเทียมเจียว กลิ่นและรสชาติน่าจะหอมถูกใจคนชอบกินยำ

  • หนิง Jun 30, 2010, 11:06 pm

    น่ากินมากค่ะ อยากได้สูตรทำทอดมันปลาอินทรีด้วยค่ะ

  • pa Jul 1, 2010, 3:40 pm

    เห็นแล้วหิวเลยค่ะ ขอนำไปเป็นเมนูวันหยุดนี้นะคะ
    คุณหนุมานทำอาหารได้น่าทานมาก ๆจะคอยติดตามตลอดไปค่ะ

  • jean Jul 2, 2010, 12:32 pm

    น่ากินมากๆ พอดีซื้อดอกขจรมาพอดี ได้จังหวะเลย ขอบคุนมากๆเลยค่ะคุนหนุมาน

  • jeep Jul 2, 2010, 4:06 pm

    ขอลองทำตามสูตรนี้ ขอบคุณมากครับ

  • ramita Jul 3, 2010, 9:34 pm

    so cool ^^

  • Anou Jul 8, 2010, 8:32 am

    This is a lovely dish my good friend has promised, so far we are still waiting for the milkweed flower buds to come all the way from Bangkok.
    I bet you the old dame in the picture did not do any of the cooking in her restaurant.

  • suporn Jul 9, 2010, 6:07 pm

    น่ารับประทานมากๆๆๆ อาหาร อย่างนี้ เมืองไทยมีเสน่ห์มีผักรอบรั้วรอบบ้านอีกหลายอย่างที่ทำอาหารอร่อย แม้กระทั่งคนไทยเองยังลืมเลย การเอาเมนูอาหารโบราณมาทำให้เรานึกได้และรู้สึกขอบคุณคุณมากค่ะ

  • Bibi Jun 20, 2011, 4:36 am

    Thanks for posting, we love Thai food and edible wild plants, I will definitely try this recipe!

  • Bibi Jun 21, 2011, 6:58 am

    I just made the recipe and it is wonderful! The best recipe for Milkweed flower buds so far. The buds themselves are pretty bland but the texture/consistency really work well with this recipe. Again, thanks!:-)

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