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Sandra W. Feb 2, 2002 06:15 PM

Okay, so maybe they've got another name besides "coconut waffle balls", (and maybe some of you know it.) Today in Sanamluang's parking lot, a street vendor was selling them. He poured what looked like waffle batter into these super-heated irons that made half a ball each, and as they started to cook he poured some sort of thick coconut concoction into the center of each. He covered them with a wok lid and let them cook. When they were done he scooped out one and put it on top of the other, creating a perfect ball, crunchy on the outside, sweet and creamy on the inside. HEAVENLY! $2 for eight of them. They were so rich, I could only eat two.

Sandra

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    David Kahn Feb 9, 2002 04:29 PM

    Wow!

    My wife and I went and gave these a try this morning, and, as promised, these are REALLY good! Crispy, chewy rice batter filled with hot coconut-scented tapioca-like pudding. My wife immediately pronounced them "the best thing she's ever tasted."

    One sort of funny thing -- we got there about 10:30 a.m., and there was a line five or six people long. During the half-hour or so that we waited, it seemed like the vender was maybe not used to quite so big a crowd. I was sort of tempted to tell him he'd been chowhounded.

    Anyway, thanks for the tip Sandra W.

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      Melanie Wong Feb 9, 2002 12:59 AM

      Here's a link to more info on these delectables.

      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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        David Boyk Feb 3, 2002 10:48 PM

        I know this isn't what you're talking about, but I want to mention two other coconut pastries. Saladang, a Thai restaurant in Pasadena that I really like, has fried bananas (not plantains) in coconut flakes, with a sweet flambé sauce. They're very tasty. Also, Porto's Cuban Bakery on Brand in Glendale has these hard coconut candy/pastry balls that are very nice, too.

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          elisha Feb 3, 2002 02:45 AM

          where do I find these balls? like what streets.

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            Sandra W. Feb 3, 2002 10:32 AM

            The vendor was in the parking lot of Sanamluang, 5176 Hollywood at lunchtime. I was told he's only there on weekends. I've never seen him there before.

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              rusty harding Feb 8, 2002 12:29 PM

              I was so pleased to see your posting. The desserts are called kanom klok and the vendor is only there on weekends. He did say he would be there until 10:00 p.m.
              Kanom klok is often available also at the Thai snack shop across the street from Sanamluang and at the Thai temple, Wat Thai, in North Hollywood on weekends.

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                anne Feb 8, 2002 10:16 PM

                Thank you, Sandra!
                I love *all* things coconut and cannot wait to try these.
                Do you have street names (an intersection, possibly) in No H'wood for the Wat Thai Temple?
                Many thanks.

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                  anne Feb 8, 2002 10:20 PM

                  Thank you, Sandra, for the thread.
                  It was Randy who mention Wat Thai in No H'wood -- my apologies -- thank you Randy.
                  I did a Yahoo search and found *2* Wat Thais in NoHo -- one on Van Noord and one on Burton?

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