Thai Temple Food on Sundays (Tampa area)
Just thought I'd share a piece i wrote about the nice food available every Sunday at the Tampa/Riverview Thai Buddhist Temple. There some nice photos as well. While the quality of the food varies, for the prices (and the cause), the Thai Temple is a sweet spot.
my faves include the glazed sweet potato, banana, and taro deep fried and served in paper bags. if you can find them, the shrimp fritters, for lack of a better description, are awesome: small whole shrimp (heads, shells and all) clumped in batter and fried till crispy with a nice sauce studded with fresh cucumber. don't forget the little coconut/green onion cakes/custards. The papaya salad is nice and hot, and in general i like to explore the offerings.
what kinds of experiences have local hounds had there? any favorite dishes or vendors?
We have been there several times for the Loy Kratong festival (festival of light) in November - great fun! Lotus-shaped tiny candle-lit "boats" are floated in the Palm River there, and a wish is made.
The food - as expected - is awesome, with many things cooked on the spot by members of the church. The only thing we didn't care for were the chicken gizzards on a stick :>), but still think about the amazing dessert similiar to Indian jalebi. There is also a beauty contest, where the young women are dressed to the nines, and go around the crowd seeking votes in exchange for dollars, which may be a church donation (not sure). Anyhow, it all makes for a very entertaining evening!