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FeldmanFest at the Fremont Thai Temple

Melanie Wong | Sep 6, 200404:20 PM

Yesterday FeldmanFest journeyed to Fremont for some homestyle Thai cooking at the temple. Arriving around 10:30am, the cooks were just getting set up. This was a first visit here for all of us. It's a lovely spot, set back from the busy street with meandering gardens and picnic tables under the shade of mature trees and the beautiful temple. As a non-feast day, the food selection was somewhat limited but we still had plenty to try and it was not crowded at all.

Eight of us each kicked in 10 bucks to the food kitty. With this budget we were able to sample everything available. We ordered -

2 - green papaya and salty crab salad
2 - pad thai
2 - fried chicken with sticky rice and sweet chili sauce
2 - grilled pork with sticky rice and condiments
2 - Hainan chicken rice with cucumbers and sweet brown ginger sauce
1 - pork, chicken and seafood noodle soup
2 - sweet black rice with coconut pudding
3 - sticky rice and plaintain wrapped in leaves
1 - yellow mung bean with coconut cream
and several rounds of iced coffee, longan drinks, and bottled water

Let's hear comments on the dishes from the other participants.

Shown below is the papaya salad station. Each portion is mixed and pounded to order in the big stone mortar. I ordered ours "hot" and taste tested it. It was hot, but I think I should have asked for a little more lemon juice as the sweetness was a little too dominant.

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