Here's a little good news for those who, like me, have been yearning for Thai food like that served at the weekly food festival outside the Thai Buddhist temple in North Hollywood. There is a Thai Buddhist temple way, way, way west in Waddell, surrounded by horse farms and agriculture, at 17212 W. Maryland Ave., near Bethany Home and the 303. Last night (July 18th) we attended a festival at the temple. There were around a dozen food vendors. My nose instantly told me that this was going to be the real thing, and it was.
We were told there would have been more vendors, but some did not show because of the heat. We sampled Thai sausage, a crispy rice and pork salad, spicy stewed bamboo shoots with pumpkin (or yam?), sticky rice and beef satay. I had Thai iced coffee, and Thai tea was also available. Later in the evening we saw the vendors dishing out other intriguing things including a couple of soups and green papaya salad, but we were too full to try them. One woman was making crepe-like discs that were rolled up with sweetened condensed milk and sprinkled with sugar.
During the Thai dance presentation they announced that there will be another festival with a food court on August 15-16, and they mentioned that visitors are welcome to sign up for Thai cooking classes. Also we were told that there are usually two or three vendors each Sunday from around 11 to 1. The temple has a web site in Thai and English giving information about upcoming events: http://www.watprom.com/home
For me, it's worth the drive.