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"Thai Temple" Sunday outdoor foodcourt in Warren? [DTW]

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Did anyone attend the Sunday Market events in June at Warren's "Thai Temple?"

http://www.mbmcmichigan.org/index.php (scroll down to middle of webpag)

jjspw said they were quite nice last year. The next one is 24-July from 10:30am until ? (i.e., whenever I finish grazing my brunch/lunch), and I'm lookin' forward to it!

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  1. I haven't been to any of the June ones this year--they were all at really bad times for me. I'm hoping to go to the July 24 one.

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    1. re: jjspw

      Neat-O! Just got back from the MBMC “Thai Temple” Sunday Market. A MUST experience. A fond representation of Thai street life. (jjspw—hope I didn’t just miss you; I arrived today at 10:30 and left at 12:30, without having spotted any Hawaii folks.)

      The food is very authentic. I mean that in a good way and in a, You’ve-been-warned, way. Everyone is going to like the pork and chicken satay. I also recommend the som tam pounded green papaya salad. I think the river crab it contained was raw and of unknown origin, but I assume it had been pickled or had preservatives added. I’m still alive, anyway.

      The fried bread and fried bananas were nice, and the various Asian ice and fruit drinks hit the spot, as well. I also recommend the laarb. First timers may want to go with the white chicken or pork version. I went with the duck (incld. skin and misc. organs) and it was delicious. The mussels omelette as well as the spicy fish&veggie curry looked better than they tasted (my opinion, only), but others seemed to enjoy them.

      I didn’t try the whole fish, which may have been fried last night and left sitting out until this afternoon (in classic Thai fashion), but it looked like it might have been quite good with some sweet chili sauce!

      Also on offer were homemade beef jerky and homemade sausages, such as Chiang Mai sausage. Both looked wonderful. (Aside—JanPrimus’ buds from Corridor Sausage Co. were in the crowd, so I’d be interested to hear their opinion).

      If you saw the Thai episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, where he drank algae water, and you wanted to try it yourself, well it’s on offer at this Market (in recycled Aquafina bottles). I thought it was interestingly drinkable, but I wouldn’t let my wife buy some more to take home.

      One regret I had was that the noodle lady got a very late start in heating up her cauldron, so I wasn’t able to try whatever noodle dishes she was going to make.

      A couple other notes—all the proceeds go to the temple. I think many if not all the vendors supply their own ingredients as a donation, and pass along 100% of sales to the temple, so please don’t be too tough of a customer. There are also numerous “opportunities” to make a donation: as you come in, as you chat with the monks, as you go inside the temple to use the bathroom, as you watch kids dance to Thai karaoke music, as you get a haircut in the garden, etc.. So, if you’re the generous type ($5 here, $2 there…), you may want to bring a little extra cash; if you’re not, I’m sure your food purchases are very welcomed all the same.

      Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t comment for those guys who know me, that…. While this event is by NO means a “pick-up” kind of place, guys who just appreciate aesthetics will be treated to a significant number of charming Thai family women in their 20s/30s/40s/dare-I-say-50s, not at all shy in their short shorts and worn flip flops, showing off some absolutely lovely country-girl legs. The monks may not have noticed, but I’m not a monk; just a happily married guy with a kid and with (hopefully) a talent for harmlessly glancing discretely.

      August market days are the 7th and 21st.

       
       
      1. re: VTB

        Sorry, I'm not too swift with pictures or the attachment functionality.

         
         
         
        1. re: VTB

          Wow, this looks good, VTB! I'm glad that the next one is only two weeks away...it sounds like an interesting idea for a Sunday afternoon meal!

          1. re: boagman

            :-) Well, let's talk more at Trizest next Saturday.

            PS--I've subsequently been informed that the green slurry in the salvaged water bottles (shown in the photo of the adorable mother and daughter) actually was not algae, but was a liquified herbaceous superfood named Centella http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centella... (apologies....)

            **now my wife is really mad I didn't let her bring home some bottles of it.

            1. re: VTB

              I'm definitely going in 2 weeks...little crabs in green papaya salad? Reminds me of the Thai temple in LA...I'm shocked I can find that here. Now to find a resto that will do this stuff, that'd be a goldmine

              1. re: gan911

                Arghhh... Good luck gan911. One of my last great hopes for that is to get the chef at Grosse Pointe Farms' "Bambu" to do some advance notice, off-the-menu offerings. Late October is my thinking, in this regard.

                http://bambucafegp.com/index.php

                1. re: VTB

                  i dont really get the bambu thing...is the chef thai or something?

                  1. re: gan911

                    A "foodie" White guy who was a chef in Thailand for quite a while, and he has a Thai wife. Granted, it's a stretch.

                    1. re: VTB

                      its a stretch unless the wifes mother starts cooking....

              2. re: VTB

                VTB, so glad you checked it out! This is one of the best-kept foodie secrets in the area.

                Unfortunately, you didn't miss me on Sunday. I ended up skipping yesterday because of an all-night sausage-casing party on Saturday night. Looking forward to catching up with you at Trizest, though!

                1. re: VTB

                  The label said it was gotu kola

            2. re: VTB

              I am a big larb lover - would love recommendations for places in the are that do larb well.
              Also, I'm a fan of scenery, wo will have to check this out.

              1. re: VTB

                Man, this place sounds great. I hope to get a chance to make it out there, but if not at least I have a Chicago trip next month to satisfy any authentic Thai urges.

                1. re: VTB

                  I have been to many Asian markets in Tucson,where I moved to, and I was suprised to find the green drink in the markets!

                   
                    1. re: rainsux

                      I "might" before or after the Bonsai show at Telly's Greenhouse (on John R around Big Beaver).

                      1. re: rainsux

                        Just a heads-up on these, for anyone interested-- even though they're usually every other week, the next one is NEXT Sunday, July 7. I have no idea why this break from their usual pattern.

                        I went by very late today, and Luwan specifically reminded me-- come again NEXT Sunday!

                        I'm still not clear on the exact schedule for the rest of 2013. She said they ran out of flyers and are re-printing. I so wish they'd just post to their web page as they did for 2012, or even just to their FB.

                2. What a cool thing!! I won't be in the DTW till next year, but i'm forwarding your post to my DTW friends/family

                  1. It was beyond my wildest expectations, it was fantastic! I will definitely be returning sometime this year. The whole fried tilapia was the best tilapia I've had in my life. so many new & delicious foods to try like okra flower tea.The only dish I was not too crazy about was a soup with offal & noodles.

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                    1. re: Michigan Mishuganer

                      and the green gotu kola drink in the water bottles was really good.

                    2. going again next weekend. most authentic green papaya salad i've had outside of the thai temple in burbank. The fried chicken wasn't bad once you dipped the chicken into the sweet/tart/seafood/spicy/salty sauce left over by the green papaya salad.
                      What was annoying was getting smacked in the face twice by a six year old who had no manners....

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                      1. re: gan911

                        Hey gan911...*twice*?

                        "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on *me*." ;)

                        Hey man, it was good getting Erma's with you after the Sichuan dinner. Glad you thought of that.

                        1. re: boagman

                          well, i wasn't expecting a six year old to slap me ... idk, was about to pick her up and throw her to her thai mother, that wouldn't be a pretty ending...

                          1. re: gan911

                            Yeah, that would probably give an entirely new meaning to the term "Thai hot". ;)

                      2. We checked this out today. It took us a couple of tries to find it, but it was well worth the confusion. We had a taste of the fried bananas, grilled chicken wings, 2 kinds of pork satay, fried rice, veggie dumplings and the largest grilled chicken breast I've ever had. Everyone was very friendly and several people stopped by to see how we (2 caucasions) had heard about the event. The foods was fantastic. We loved the satay and the fried rice. I'm not sure what was in it, but it was great.

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                        1. re: fromtheD

                          > It took us a couple of tries to find it, but it was well worth the confusion

                          Unconfuse me, please.

                          1. re: rainsux

                            We couldn't figure out where the building was and drove by it a couple of times (saw lots of cars parked on a lawn, but didn't know how they got there). We ended up parking at a small medical building a couple doors south of the center. There was a small sign indicating that it was ok to park there.