Kao Thai Restaurant Owner Opens Dessert Café in Silver Spring

Sweeteria offers traditional Asian delicacies, including Thai-style crepes, custard buns and Thai iced tea.

Sweeteria Thai Dessert Mango Loft Toast
Sweeteria Mango Loft Toast (Courtesy Photo)

With its use of bright colors, various textures and elaborate arrangements, Sweeteria in Silver Spring has turned dessert making into an art form. The café, which specializes in Thai and Asian delicacies, opened its doors this past November next to Kao Thai Restaurant on Colesville Road.

Ditlada Wichaidit, a Thailand native who owns both restaurants, conceived of Sweeteria to share with her community the Asian desserts she loves so much, such as Thai-style crepes called roti and Thai iced tea. “I lived near the border of Thailand and Malaysia, and this is the kind of dessert we would eat every night,” she says.

Other traditional Thai treats on Sweeteria’s menu include rich Thai tea custard and coconut-flavored custard made from Pandan leaves. Its drink menu features a rose tea imported from Thailand as well as a blue butterfly pea tea brewed with lemon grass, a summertime favorite where Wichaidit grew up.

One of Sweeteria’s most popular items is the honey butter loft toast with homemade roasted coconut ice cream that customers can pair with Thai tea custard, mango sticky rice, matcha or banana chocolate.

“A special dessert that we just created is the Bun-Ping, a bun stuffed with custard like Thai tea, Pandan or matcha,” Wichiadit says.

Despite the pandemic, Sweeteria is seeing a regular flow of customers showing up to try their food and has been receiving great feedback.

“I think people are home and craving desserts like I am, and they want to try something new,” she says. “The pandemic has encouraged people to come support local businesses, and that’s really big for us.”

Wichiadit plans to create more of what she calls “fancy fusion dessert” and hopes that more people will visit the café once the pandemic is over.

“I’d love for everyone to come support us, try our fancy Thai food and just have fun with us,” she says.

Now through February 28, Sweeteria is offering Montgomery Magazine readers 15% off any order of loft toast.


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