Leaf wraps, mien kum, are sold by hawkers in their components, neatly poly-bagged in kit form, for home assembly. Wedges of fresh mango are also sold bagged with a similar hot peanut sauce. Pre-shredded and toasted coconut can be had from Thai food stores. It’s table-assembly food. DIY stuff. So platter up all the ingredients, then get piling, saucing and folding.
For the sauce, blast the garlic, half the shallots and half the ginger in a processor until well chopped but not mushed, then put with the next four sauce ingredients and
Arrange all the remaining ingredients, including the remaining shallots and ginger, in separate little piles on a platter, putting the peanut jam sauce in a small bowl in the middle. To eat, teaspoon a little of the sauce on to a leaf, then pile on spare amounts of everything else, fold around and eat. Whole chillies are only for the Scoville baptized and initiated.
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