Man do I love Wat Thai Temple. As a person who loves spicy food, that place can eclipse most.
For the uniniated, Wat Thai Temple has "street food" vendors every Sunday. You go and buy tokens (every token blessed by a monk with ash) and use the tokens to purchase food. Each booth seems to have their own speciality.
So, today I did the bbq pork on a stick ($1). Pork was marinated in a slightly savory sauce and cooked over an open flame. It was tender, tasty and just happy making.
Second up with the papaya salad ($3). This is where spicy found a new name. The woman making the salad (made to order) asked me if I wanted spicy and of course, I said yes. I saw the twinkle in her eye as she went all out. The papaya salad is shredded papaya, peanuts, pieces of crab leg (in shell and uncooked), hot peppers, fish sauce (lots) and a dried shrimp. It is mixed and mashed together in a big bowl. She was tossing the salad with vigor and adding as many chilis as she could find. She even brought over another woman working the booth to take a taste, presumably for spice, who promptly gave it a thumbs up. Yep, they were going to ruin the big white guy... Smokin' hot, savory and good, but a very fishy dish for those off put by such things.
Third up was a cold noodle salad with some vegatable mashed up within it. I didn't know what it was as my partner in food was shoveling it in their mouth while trying to explain exactly what it was. I think it was good, as they didn't share. I think it was three bucks and I think it disappeared rather quickly.
Last up, besides the Thai tea, was Thai sausage on a stick ($1). Man, I love that stuff. It is a pork based sausage and is spicy, very well herbed and slightly hot on the palate. Good stuff.
Oh Wat Thai Temple, how I love you...