went to the thai temple for the celebration today. we got there late and missed all the dancing (was sorry to miss the katoi dancing)
there was a lot of food. bowls of noodle soup and fried plantain/taro/peanut snacks out front, a sort of steam table set up with curries and other dishes inside the tent. many of the dishes weren't bad but the rice was atrocious and there was a notable lack of anything to drink but coffee, a problem when you're eating ped ped (spicy) food.
Since we were in the neighborhood we decided to check out elmhurst more and ended up at the dumpling/hand pulled noodle place on whitney. dumplings and sesame pancake don't compare to the place on eldridge in manhattan, but i was happy with the noodles. ordered the soup with noodles and pork and thought the broth was good, the noodles had a nice chew, and the pickled mustard greens and bok choy in it were tasty. However, this was my first hand-pulled noodle soup experience and I would love to know how this compares with some of the places in flushing or even the one in lower manhattan. also, i was blown away by the hot sauce/sesame oil with the chunk of dried red chile and sesame seeds in it. the flavor of that really spikes up anything!
we passed by chao thai, which was full of thais, and i saw the NYT review in the window. What are people's opinions of this place? worth a visit?
also passed by minang asli, which barely looked like a restaurant, and was empty. I have heard in the past that this place was really good. Is it still good?
All I can say is that the area around whitney avenue and broadway in elmhurst appears to be a chowhound's dream location. you've got it all there--perhaps not the best example of everything, but what seem to be decent examples of everything. I'd kill for an area like that in south brooklyn!