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Chowdown #29 Report: San Bruno Thai Temple Lunch

Melanie Wong | Jun 25, 200310:50 PM

On Sunday, we joined Felice and Malik for lunch at the Thai temple in San Bruno. The four of you who had to drop out at the last minute missed something very special . . . next time!

As a veteran of the popular lunch served at the Berkeley temple, I was surprised to be able to park right at the temple, instead of blocks away. Karen was even in the parking lot, arriving a few minutes ahead of me. This is still a relatively undiscovered find.

As the early arrivals, we took a look around. Stepping inside the temple between services, we were tickled to see an orange-robed monk typing busily into his HP laptop.

The eating area is much smaller than the Berkeley temple's, maybe a third the size, and under tents. It's in a semi-enclosed courtyard which keeps out some of the wind.

This picture shows the ladies setting up the griddle and frying station. The woman on the left is cutting up bananas, taro and other sweet tubers which are then dipped in batter and fried. We enjoyed those while they were good and hot.

The one on the right is making roti and fried dumplings. Rather than being layered or stirred into concentric rings, they're basically a flat piece of dough here. The addition of a smear of sweetened condensed milk makes them special. The chive dumplings were very, well, strongly chive-y and big with softish rice flour wrappers crisped on the high spots. These were served with a chili-spiked garlicky soy sauce.



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