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Kanom Krok at the Wat Thai temple

Eric Eto | Jan 1, 2003 04:40 PM

Had quite a food epiphany this past weekend at the Wat Thai temple in North Hollywood. There's a stand that sells something that seems to be called Kanom Krok. There, you'll find two women (a mother and daughter) over two big cast iron-ish pans with 18 small divet-sized wells. They pour in two mixtures of coconut milk, with a sprinkle of green onions and let to cook to a semi-solid state. After they loosen the coconut mass from the wells, and check to see the bottom is sufficiently browned, you get a whole pile of these in a styrofoam takeout container. All this for the equivalent of $3! (paid in tokens, of course). Wait for them to cool just a bit, and when you pop them into your mouth, they explode with tremendous sweet coconut flavor, and that bit of onion is essential for just a bit of contrast that matches so well with the sweetness. Yes, onion. It's essential to eat these at a warm stage to get the total effect, though they are still quite good cold. I'm told the lines for these can get to be very long, and they do take a good bit of time and labor to produce (about 5-7 minutes per order), so patience is warranted, but the result is amazing. This is one of those moments when I thought, I can't believe I've gone on without ever having this! The rest of the food at the temple was quite good; the mango sweet rice was also phenomenal, but the kanom krok... I could have this for dessert everyday.

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