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Aug 14, 2008 01:49 PM

Thai Art & Food Fair August 30-31

Anybody know anything about this? It happens at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, the same weekend as Slow Food. According to a poster in my go-to place for Thai beef soup, King of Thai Noodles on Clement at 8th, there will be various cultural demonstrations and also food to eat. The sponsor is but there is nothing on this website about it other than a graphic of the poster.

Admission is $5, a pittance compared to Slow Food, and it would be nice if there was some Thai street food to be had like that sold at Thai temples, presumably for sale. Anybody know more?

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  1. I am a Thai lingust and I just looked at the web site you referred to. In Thai, there is some data about the festival. Below is an xlation. It looks like a pretty extensive cultural thing, and with Thai food of course.

    Saturday-Sunday, Aug 30-31, 2008
    Thai dances and music from the Thai Cultural Center of Bangkok
    Thai kick boxer ceremony of respect to their teachers, Thai sword fighting
    Thai cultural exhibitions from the four regions of the country
    Ancient dances
    Dances from the four regions of the country
    Shadow dances and a southern dance
    Charity prize drawings
    Various kinds of Thai foods and deserts
    Thai clothing fashions from various eras
    Fruit and vegetable carving of various types
    Souvenirs from the Queen Sirikit Occupational Arts Center
    Details can be obtained at the PhutThaPraThiib Temple in San Francisco

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    1. re: ThaiNut

      Thanks. I notice the event is sponsored by "Wat Thai" temple who are the folks who serve food on Sunday in San Bruno, yes?

      1. re: otis

        Sorry, I live in North Carolina so don't know anything at all about the San Bruno thing you referred to. But I have been many of these Thai temple affairs and it sure looks like this one has a major line-up of entertainment. Unfortunately, they do not say a great deal about the food to be offered,

    2. Otis -- Yes, this derives from the San Bruno temple. There are more kinds of food and the food is slightly better. And it tends to seem a bit cleaner.

      1. I went today with a friend, and we found some other people there who we know, so got to try a few things. Like the San Bruno temple, the green papaya salad is the best thing. It's pounded to order with your choice of add-ins (garlic, baby eggplant, tomatoes, green beans, peanuts, fresh jalapeno chilis), however, we weren't able to order a vegetarian one as the dressing was pre-made (two big buckets) and included fish sauce. Here's the plate with a cabbage garnish, $5,

        Also street-y was meiang kam, $5, nice sauce and very fresh and biting bits of flavor to wrap up in spinach and lettuc leaves,

        Unlike at the temple, the chicken wasn't fried on-site so it had steamed a bit in the transport tray. Rice plates with two items were $6. Green curry with tofu and veggies was just ok, didn't like the pad thai or the sour bamboo.

        There were quite a few desserts, but no kanom krok today. Here's the dessert table,
        We tried the green "worms" on ice, aka es chendol in Malay, I don't know the Thai name. They were a little soft.

        The mango with sticky rice, $5, was excellent, just the right amount of salt in the perfectly cooked and chewy rice to set off the sweet flavors. The rice was warm and you add the coconut cream when you're ready to eat. We bought more of these to take home.

        Would love to know the name of this mystery herb. We asked a few young Thais, and they didn't know it either. It was just eaten plain.

        I meant to buy one of the small boxes of fried pork jerky to take home but forgot. When done well, it's one of my favorite Issan snacks. I did buy some of the Issan style fermented "sour sausage". You can eat it raw or cook it.

        Other reports?

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I haven't been to many of these festivals, but found myself wishing that I was at the SB Thai Temple instead. The food here was nearly all pre-made (with the exception of the som tum and even there the dressing was pre-made as Melanie mentioned), and most of it on steam temples. The atmosphere was festive, and it was fun to have lunch with friends but next time I'll head to the temple instead.

          The woman taking the tickets mentioned that that food would change throughout the weekend so this report may not be accurate throughout the weekend.

          I'm about to eat my mango with sticky rice for dinner. It was the best part of the meal.

          1. re: Fig Newton

            I tried the sour sausage last night raw. I'm alive today with no apparent ill effects. This morning I cut some of into coins and heated them in a dry skillet. I prefer it raw, as the lean meat is somewhat coarse when cooked, but browning intensifies the flavor. This one is really spicy, plus lots of garlic and salt and bonus shreds of pork skin. Wish I had another one. The texture of the pork in the raw state was akin to water-injected ham and about the same color too. Coarsely ground and very lean with no visible fat. No rice in this one.

            More about sour sausage -

          2. re: Melanie Wong

            I think that the mystery vegetable is Yod Ga Tin -- Horse Tamarind Leaf and Dok-Ka-Tin -- Horse Tamarind Flowers. Here's a link:


            1. re: Nancy Berry

              Melanie & Nancy,
              That vegetable is 'ka-tin'. The 'yod' means 'peak' or 'tip' and simply refers to the use of the very tip of the leafy area as it is the most tender. Ka-tin grows easily in scrubby areas and I have seen whole fields of it growing wild alongside roads in Thailand. The pods can be collected and the beans in them eaten raw.

              1. re: ThaiNut

                Thanks to your both for your help in ID'ing the herb. I've never seen it before, nor had some of the thai people in attendance.