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Thai rapper Milli sparks mango sticky rice boom in Bangkok

(Source: Milli / Facebook)

Fans of Thai rapper, Milli, had a hankering for mango sticky rice in Bangkok this week after the 19-year-old ate mouthfuls of the much-loved dessert on stage at the Coachella music festival in the US.

Milli, whose real name is Danupha Khanatheerakul, is the first solo Thai artist to perform at the pop and indie rock music festival, which draws tens of thousands of fans annually. This year’s headline artists included Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Swedish House Mafia.

Subsequent to the show she posted staged pictures of her eating the dessert on her social media channels.

Sales in Thailand jumped after Milli brought a bowl of the popular dessert on stage and took a few bites as she performed a song called “Mango Sticky Rice” last weekend.

In the capital Bangkok, dozens of delivery riders were seen queuing up in front of a well-known vendor called Mae Varee to fulfil surging online orders.

Delivery bikers line up at a Mango sticky rice shop in Bangkok. Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun

“We had to shut down the apps in order to catch up with the orders before resuming it again. We’ve been turning it on and off, on and off throughout the day,” Thanyarat Suntiparadorn, 29, the owner of Mae Varee told Reuters.

Thanyarat said that while mangoes are already in season, Milli’s performance helped double sales.

Customers also flocked to Bangkok’s Chinatown area where vendors had to double their mango stocks to keep up with demand.

“I normally love to eat mango sticky rice but … after watching Milli on stage, I am now eating it nearly every day,” said 29-year-old customer, Suphakomkao Klaypongpan.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said this week the Culture Ministry is considering registering mango sticky rice on UNESCO’s cultural heritage list, local media TPBS reported.

Thais eat the dessert, which consists of sweet sticky rice steeped in coconut milk, served with ripe mango, to cool themselves off in the exceptionally humid months of March and April.

  • Editing by Kanupriya Kapoor and Christian Schmollinger, of Reuters.
Milli with fresh mango and sticky rice.

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