I had to entertain an out of town friend unexpectedly today for a few hours so I took her to Wat Thai which was wonderful as usual.
We stopped by around 1:30 and it was very crowded and we had to park a few blocks away.
I bought $20 of tokens and we browsed around the stalls.
We got some som tam, two chicken satays, two sausage satays, a couple of Thai Iced Coffees, some sticky rice, some khanom kroc and my favorite, "moo det diao," sun-dried pork. This all cost $12.00.
The moo det diao is sold by the ladies who make the som tam and satays, about three or four stalls down from the beginning. It's on small paper plates covered in plastic, on top of the satay case next to the sticky rice. Homemade and very tasty.
There were probably 100+ people there, 95% Thai, Thai music and Thai chanting, courtesy of the funeral in progress inside the temple. Sitting in the shade under the large trees, sharing tables with the Thai families, it's hard to think of a nicer way to spend an hour or two on a Sunday afternoon.
My friend said "This is like being in Thailand." Exactly!