Only my 2nd weekend to the Wat Thai Temple food experience.
Met one of the vendors last week trying to take pictures of her food with a film camera for her booth to display and I volunteered to help her out with my digital camera. Today I returned and gave her a CD of her foods and 4x6 sample prints and she was so happy. Her gratitude was overwhelming and insisted on giving me a sampling of all the different items she had this week at her booth (Kunya Foods)-the papaya salad and several grilled chicken, pork, sausage and shrimp ball skewers. The papaya salad she had me photograph doesn't do justice to the size of the salad they serve for $3. A Thai lady sitting next to us returned her salad and I inquired why and she said it was too spicy, but said its the best papaya salad she's ever had.
After eating I spoke to the vendor and she was insistent I take some food home and I declined because we were so full. I asked her if she had a restaurant and she said no, but comes out a couple weekends a month. Next weekend she's running the booth that serves the soups and Pad Thai which she did last weekend when I met her. I asked if she made the shrimp ball skewers and she said she buys them and the sausage. She made it sound like they rotate vendors every weekend because she said in May she'll be doing the Kunya Food booth Memorial Day weekend and weekend before she'd be back at the soup/Pad Thai booth. I talked to a lady in her booth(thinking she was a relative)and she said she's a temple member and she and her son help out weekends and would be working another booth next weekend and I should stop by to see her. Eventually I'll find out what how the vendors deal works out. I'm sure the temple selling the food chips takes a cut of the action, I'm just curious what the split is since these vendors go all out to prepare great Thai food.