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San Bruno Thai Temple—Come for the papaya salad, stay for dessert

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veebee Mar 20, 2006 08:59 AM

Finally got a chance to sample the food at the San Bruno Thai temple today. We had lots of good stuff. The only thing we didn’t like was seafood noodle soup, but the desserts stood out. Problem is. I don’t know what anything is called or what’s in it for the most part and I want to learn more.

Here’s what we tried:

Two things in banana leaves—both really good.

One was small and flat and the coconut milk confection inside was firm and studded with red beans. It also had a red something in it that had banana-like black dots and it tasted like banana, but nothing else about it seemed very banana-y. Does anyone know what this is? What it’s called?

There was another banana leaf wrapped item that was smaller and rounder. It had a very silky luxurious coconut custard surrounding a round (plum?) that was stuffed with sugared coconut (?) It had a faint intriguing smoky flavor. What is this? Am I right about what’s in it?

Also loved the Green tapioca with cooked red beans in broth, with lychee(?) and topped with coconut cream. Anyone know the name and what else is in it?

Mango sticky rice—this I know and I think it’s a good version.

The little coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk custard puffs cooked in the black cast-iron molds. I've had this at the Berkeley temple and these were really good--not necessarily better.

All in all. I liked it better than Berkeley and it’s definitely more low key and easy to get near the food, ask questions, get seats, etc.

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    Malik RE: veebee Mar 20, 2006 12:33 PM

    > The little coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk custard puffs cooked in the black cast-iron molds. I've had this at the Berkeley temple and these were really good--not necessarily better.

    Those are called Kanom Krok, they're so delicious when they're freshly made.

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      Pim RE: Malik Mar 20, 2006 07:37 PM

      Malik is right, but there is no condensed milk in it though, just palm sugar.

      Link: http://chezpim.typepad.com/blogs/2006...

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      elise h RE: veebee Mar 20, 2006 01:29 PM

      Does this event occur every sunday? What time? TIA

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        veebee RE: elise h Mar 20, 2006 11:43 PM

        I think every Sunday. Not sure what time it starts, but we got there at 11 and it didn't seem to really start hopping until 12. I don't think everything was even available when we arrived. I'm guessing it starts at 10?

        Thanks Pim and Malik for the info. The Kanom Krok were indeed freshly made. They were hot. We got the first batch and they aren't like pancakes where you have to throw the first batch away!

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        Pim RE: veebee Mar 20, 2006 07:40 PM

        >There was another banana leaf wrapped item that was smaller and rounder. It had a very silky luxurious coconut custard surrounding a round (plum?) that was stuffed with sugared coconut (?) It had a faint intriguing smoky flavor. What is this? Am I right about what’s in it?

        That sounds like something we call Kanom Sod-sai. Coconut milk steamed into custard-like consistency, stuffed with coconut flakes cooked until caramelized in palm sugar.

        Sorry I can't help you with the other thing.

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