How to distinguish longkong from longan?
- June 22, 2016
- Posted by: Alpha Language School
These two Thai fruits look very similar, but the tastes differ dramatically: longan is very sweet, longkong is more sour, sweet and soft. Identify problem exacerbates the fact that their names sound quite similar. The seller may be trying to say in English “longon” as it may seem, but he might have said – Thai “long-kong” and yet they are different fruits.
So, how to distinguish longkong from longan?
1. Longan is yellow, longkong is more beige.
2. Longkong is sweet, tasted little sour, soft, and slimy. Longan is sweeter and has big black seed inside.
3. You can ask the seller:
Nee kheu long-kong chai mai + khrab/kha – Are these longkongs?
Nee kheu lam-yai chai mai + khrab/kha – Are these longans?
The answer is “chai” (yes) or “mai-chai” (no), respectively.
Then you can answer:
Chan/Phom aow long-kong + khrab/kha – I want longkong.
Chan/Phom aow lam-yai + khrab/kha – I want longan.
A few more phrases that can be useful when buying these fruits:
Chan/Phom khor chim dai-mai + khrab/kha – Can I try one?
Puang la thao rai + khrab/kha – How much is one bunch?
Puang nee raka thao rai + khrab/kha – How much does this bundle cost?
Long-kong puang la thao rai + khrab/kha – How much does longkong bundle cost?
lam-yai puang nee raka thao rai + khrab/kha – How much does this bunch of longans cost?
Kilo la thao rai + khrab/kha – How much is a kilogram? – If not sold in bundles.
Do not forget to add at the end of each of the given phrases, respectful particle kha, na kha, noi kha or duai kha to show the politness.
And finally, do not be afraid to speak Thai on Thai market. It is very likely that the seller will respond out of the habit – in English so you will understand. Like that you can start to use your knowledge of the Thai language and improve your skills.