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Feb 23, 2007 09:23 AM

Wat Thai ...Mangoes?

I have a craving for the mango & sticky rice dish from Wat Thai. Does anyone know if the mangoes are good this time of year? Last time we went we bought a big box to bring home and they were amazing!!

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  1. Hi... On Superbowl Sunday, the mangoes were C+, quality wise. Marginally ripe, marginally sweet. They did not seem to be the usual small yellow beauties one encounters during non-winter months. To the seller's credit, she tried to talk us out of ordering her product....

    1. we just went to Wat Thai last saturday and had the mango sticky rice ... it was great (mangos included). but I can't tell you if mangos in general are good at this time of the year .....

      1. had the mangoes + sticky rice a few weeks ago, and it was delish as ever.

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          1. Does anybody know the hours of the street festival at Wat Thai? I'm considering going up there tomorrow. I looked at the website, but even on the English setting a lot of the pages are written in Thai.

            Also, any tips on how to attack the festival? I want to look like I know what I'm doing when we get there. I know that you have to buy tokens first, and then you get in line, but what's a good plan of attack for getting the good food in the right order?

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            1. re: kingkong5

              It's a lot smaller than you'd think. You'll have no trouble doing an overview of the whole place while you're waiting in line to get the tokens. My boyfriend and I went a few weeks ago, and split up in two different lines to start. He got some meat sticks while I got a papaya salad (sooo spicy, so be careful when you're asked if you like spice!). We ate those, then went back for some pork noodle soup. After that, we bought a bag of fried plantains and sweet potatoes, and finished off with a mango. (All that plus two drinks for 20 bucks, by the way! Oh, and I forgot the jello-like things that we grabbed on the way out to finish up our last two tokens. We didn't much like those...). We parked down the street on Coldwater without a problem. My understanding is that they're out there all day. We arrived around noon, and it wasn't too crowded. Have fun!

              1. re: kingkong5

                I go almost every weekend. Buy a bunch of tokens and look over the offerings. Decide what looks good and when deciding between 2 vendors with the same or similar foods pick the longer line! I think that they are usually longer for a good reason. Most items are $3, salads. noodle soups etc. 'Meatsicles' are $1 each, pork, beef and sour sausage are my favorites but there is also chicken, shrimp, various meatballs and a rectangular one that I don't remember what it is. Mango/Sticky Rice is $3 or $5 depending on size. I always opt for the smaller one so I can try more items. Coconut, Young Coconut, Palm and Longan Juices from the vendor at the southern end are good, $1.50 - a little more. Kanom Krok from the elderly lady west of the seating area are wonderfully tasty and $3 for 18 pieces!

                I'm not sure what the official hours are but I usually go between 1 and 3 PM. After that at around 4 PM some booths start to wrap things up but others are still open. Enjoy!

                When done you can return your tokens or do as I do and save them for next time. Be sure to check out the vendors with Thai produce and plants on the side street west of the temple, cash only.

                Check out the interior of the beautiful temple before you eat if you want to, long shirt sleeves and long pants are respectful, leave your shoes at the entrance. Enjoy!!!

                1. re: sel

                  Hi... Those are great suggestions... I would emphasize that the green papaya salad should be one of the first lines to approach. The hand made nature of each order of papaya salad results in approximately a five minute wait for each order. A fellow directly in front of me ordered 6 papaya salads to go, and his order alone resulted in a 30 minute wait. Most of the time, it is worth it!

                2. re: kingkong5

                  Approximately 11-3 PM Saturday, Sunday and festival days.

                  The papaya salad will take longest (but you can order meatsicles from the papaya salad line, but not vice versa), kanom krok the second longest.