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  • VTB Jul 16, 2011 11:50 AM

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: christyar

                    Anyone else going tomorrow?
                    Drr

                    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.

                        2. Will be there today. Anyone else attending?
                          -doug

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                          1. re: rainsux

                            Excellent brunch! I'm putting this my regular Sunday rotation.

                            The greeter/money-token changer advised that the temple sometimes has a spring and fall
                            buffet at a nearby K of C hall. Typically, in April & November. They have not yet decided about
                            Nov 2011.

                            1. re: rainsux

                              Wish I could have joined you, RS, but I got a call for some locksmith work at the tail end of church, and that put a crimp in my schedule. I'm actually just sitting down for a late lunch at Polish Village Cafe as a result. Sounds like it's a worthy endeavor!

                              -----
                              Polish Village Cafe
                              2990 Yemans St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

                            2. re: rainsux

                              So what did we try? "We" almost didn't make the trip. A few months ago, my bride of 25+
                              years advised that she doesn't share my interest in trying new places/cuisines. At the last
                              moment, realizing that I'm going regardless, she decided to join me. Afterward, she kept
                              mentioning how happy she was with the change in our Sunday routine.

                              Other than two husbands of Thai wives, we were the only Anglos on-site between 10:30 and
                              11. We felt very welcome. Much interest in how we found their event. "The internet" seemed
                              to be an acceptable answer. Those near the entrance were amused when I made a donation
                              to the temple from my Tablet o'Dollars. (I glue/pad $1 bills into a tablet. Why? Convenience
                              and fun.

                              Also MUCH concern about our comfort with spice levels. Most of the vendors offered us a
                              taste/sample before buying. We split a curry & noodle dish, consuming it all on-site. Also
                              bought sausages, jerky, beef w/mint & papaya salad for dinner. As we were leaving, the
                              first bananas & taro were coming out of the fryer.

                              The papaya salad was not obvious. I had to ask for it. "Luwan" (sp?) seemed to be the lead
                              greeter/money-token changer. She walked us to a table and instructed "Vi" (sp?) to make
                              another with no peppers. I fussed. She insisted. We compromised on one pepper. I loved it
                              and will try two peppers next time. I never did get a straight answer to my question about how
                              many peppers were in the std preparation.

                              A mother & daughter sat at an adjoining table ... and were willing to explain the various
                              vegetables that were not obvious. The (miniature) Thai eggplant was a surprise. I asked
                              which Thai restaurant(s) they preferred. Their answer was, "we cook at home everyday."

                              We left the fried tilapia for another visit. Didn't see the fried chicken that Gan mentioned.

                              If you are thinking of attending, act swiftly. Only three [3] more before they shutdown for 2010.

                              I noticed red & green Fanta's that I have not seen before. I asked about the elusive Limon
                              flavor. No recognition.

                              1. re: rainsux

                                :-) Neat. Glad you had a good time. The semi-annual K of C events are very charming. Really good time, and they serve booze which makes it even more fun. The food is good and the Thai ladies take over the dance floor late into the night, all nostalgic like. I sense a CH event?

                                1. re: rainsux

                                  +1 for the food review, rain.

                              2. Anyone else doing the Temple-thing today? If you see a bald, bearded, pale anglo is a
                                turquoise hawaiian shirt, say, "Hi!"

                                -doug

                                1. Their indoor, evening food court (buffet?) is 'on' for Oct 16th. Tickets are $20 at the door. What
                                  door? Watch their website to confirm times & the precise location ... I *think* Luwan (sp?) was
                                  describing this location:

                                  http://maps.google.com/maps?q=870+Nor...

                                  Or; buy the tickets their regular daytime/outdoor food court at the Ryan Road temple. i.e. Two
                                  food courts on Oct 16th.

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                                  1. re: rainsux

                                    So, you're saying there will be a Thai food night at the KofC Hall in Clawson? Those are always fun and they serve alcohol, and the Thai ladies inevitably take over the dance floor and get nostalgic for their home provinces. That's what I call a good time. Though, the good food tends to run out early. Let's keep in touch. I can't yet find details on the Temple website, but maybe I'm looking in the wrong place. Thx RS

                                  2. I have been to the past two...there is one this weekend

                                    1. Oct 23rd is the last food court of the year. Anyone else planning on attending?

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                                      1. re: rainsux

                                        Ugh...once again, I can't, because I'm going to be in Atlanta. Nuts.

                                        1. re: boagman

                                          Atl Thai food > dtw Thai festival....miss my atl

                                        2. re: rainsux

                                          Seriously considering it. Even though I have a heap of work to do this weekend and don't exactly live in the neighborhood.

                                          1. re: Wahooty

                                            do it...most authentic thai food you'll get in detroit metro...unless you can find another place that does pork stews with pork blood/skin/liver...etc

                                        3. 2012 Schedule:

                                          MBMC Sunday Market: Starting at 10:30 AM. Come enjoy authentic thai food you may never find at any Thai restaurant in town.

                                          13 & 27 May 2012
                                          10 & 24 June 2012
                                          08 & 29 July 2012
                                          12 & 26 August 2012
                                          09 & 23 September 2012
                                          07 & 21 Octover 2555

                                          No idea what that year 2555 is about for October-- typo, perhaps?

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                                          1. re: ak994

                                            thanks for the reminder, it's on my calendar!
                                            2555 is the Thai year

                                            1. re: ak994

                                              thanks for the posting!! can't wait to try it next time I'm in DTW!

                                              1. re: ak994

                                                I was really bummed that my favorite beef/pork jeky lady was not there, as they no longer sell it at Thai Taste in Troy....I asked one of the vendors and she said the wife of Thai Taste opened a second Thai Taste in Waterford off of Huron Road at Elizabeth Lake Road (orig. a viet. restauarant, then Thai, now Thai Taste)...I hope I get to check it out prior to moving.

                                                Also, I was told that the lady who cuts hair has won numerous awards in Asia....the ladies were raving about her, but yet I only saw her working on men...but still a random interesting tip.

                                                I was also told by the same women that the lady who was selling the satay, sticky mango rice and a few other things had a noodle sweet dish(it sold out around 12) tht if you like sweets it was their favorite thing there...wish I tried it.

                                                Last year one of the monks got a vendor to make me mee krob, was hoping to see it, but no luck!

                                                The massaman curry had zero heat but it was out of this world....meat that fell off the bone and the sauce was super delicious with heavy coonut milk.....whoe peanuts an almonds. I declare it the best I've had.

                                                Also, the grilled pork skewers were soooo good! I noticed the majority of the vendors were tokens only.

                                                Afterwards, I ran to QQ for a watermelon frostee and ran into a bunch of people from Thai Temple.

                                                1. re: christyar

                                                  I wonder what happened to the jerky lady? It's been months since they've had it at Thai Taste. Beginning to wonder if that lady has moved or is no longer making jerky.

                                                  The satay, sticky mango rice, etc. lady--I think it's the same one who's been selling that stuff all along--used to bring some of her desserts/sweets to Thai Taste every so often. Might not have been a regular thing, but maybe if she had leftovers from the temple or other Thai events/holidays.

                                                  1. re: jjspw

                                                    For what it's worth, I saw this in a yelp review of Thai Taste (it might have been a post by christyar from above):

                                                    " I was bummed that they did not have any thai beef jerkey like at the midwest buddhist medtation summer festivals....but I later emailed them and a few days later I had the phone number of the lady from the temple and now I can order direct from the source! Plus, they were excited that I went to their temple...."

                                                    The posting date was 2/15/12.

                                                    Bob

                                                    1. re: jjspw

                                                      I had a phone number to order the jerky. I got the number from Thai taste maybe back in december....not sure if I still have it. I never called, but I sure did want to!!!! There was a stand that had the jerky marinated/prepped, but they never fried it while I was there. It was an end table opposite side of the token lady. I think I had their last year and it was less sweet and more fatty. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the satay people gave free coconut drink with your order and it was tasty!

                                                    2. re: christyar

                                                      Thanks for the mention of the Thai Taste in Waterford christyar. I live very near there and had been to the previous restaurants at that location.

                                                      I didn't know it had re-opened (on March 12th I think) as Thai Taste... I'll have to check it out.

                                                      Bob

                                                  2. Tomorrow/Sunday is the first Sunday Market event of 2012. Anyone else planning to attend?

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                                                    1. re: rainsux

                                                      I am planning on it.

                                                      1. re: rainsux

                                                        I'm not sure if I'll be able to be there or not.

                                                        1. re: rainsux

                                                          Was really hoping to attend, but have to be in the lab tomorrow morning.

                                                          1. re: jjspw

                                                            Just came back from it.

                                                            Pretty fun! The token exchanger lady promised me a better showing next time. I guess only half the usual vendors showed up since it was mother's day. There were a total of 8 stations. Things I saw: Multiple fried fish stations, sweets area with a variety of baked goods and coconut juice based sweets. A fried rice station. Thai iced tea and coffee stand. Two different noodle ladies, a satay person, green papaya salad, variety of curries, and deep fried potatoes, bananas and taros.

                                                            I had the two types of noodles, satay, and green papaya salad.
                                                            One noodle bowl is very typical SE-MI. pork/seafood based broth, thin rice vermicelli noodles, bean sprouts, fried onions, cilantro/onion garnish. Mine came with some pork meat bits and two meatballs. Ymmy! excellent broth! Very similiar to Vietnamese Hu Tieu, or Kuy Teav in Cambodia, just with the little something special Thai people do. More chili-hot and sourish than the vietnamese version i'm used to. Excellent though. I think every weekend morning should begin with a bowl of noodle soup.
                                                            The other bowl was kinda meh. Flat diamond shaped rice noodles, in a darker sweeter broth. Not too disiimliar to taiwanese style beef noodles, just with more heat and sugar. Toppings were pork small intestine, roast pork, and pork liver. I give it a so-so.
                                                            Satay sticks were good. one chicken one beef. good glaze. excellent balance of saltiness, flavor, sweet. Moist, tender, with a hint of chew. me gusta.
                                                            Finally the green papaya salad. Oh how I love and hate thee. The lady was courteous enough to ask if I could hot stuff. Sure, I replied, considering I can eat anything in the vietnamese and latin repertoire. young green papaya julienned. excellent crunchy textures. She thing slicked some eggplant rind in, garlic, crab legs (very interesting, i'll get back to those), and peppers which I now call Satan's Sperm. Why? The visual similarities of these small chilis and swimmers are obvious, but more importantly the crushingly high quantity of capsaisin that is in it. Yep. I was that guy. Panting, sucking wind, eye watering, desprately praying for the icea tea line to move faster. The crab aspect is interesting. Just legs. small little blue things. Im' not sure if they were pickled or what? unique flavor that i've never had before. tasty little bastards. For comparisons sake, The Vietnamese green papaya salad, is the same julienned green papaya which shredded beef jerky and charred liver with some aromatic fish sauce on top. Du du Kho Bo.

                                                            Anyway, I'm def in next time it comes around esp if there's more variety!

                                                            don

                                                            p.s. there's a stand in the corner to get your haircut too! I'm brave from a food perspective, but not just anybody can touch my hair.

                                                            1. re: donbui82

                                                              The token/money-changer lady is (phonetically), Lou-wahn. The younger papaya-salad
                                                              maker is Tina. The elderly papaya-salad maker is Vi. I've noticed that remembering
                                                              their names, seems to get me a bit more food for my tokens.

                                                              re: Heat in the papaya salad ... they wouldn't sell me what they have pre-made. On my
                                                              very first visit, Lou-wahn INSISTED, "no peppers!" Wouldn't even let my try/taste the other
                                                              stuff. After a bit of fussing, we compromised on, "one; just one pepper." It was fine (plenty)

                                                              Lou-wahn recognized me this time and seemed surprised/happy to see me return. Then
                                                              she apologized for not inviting me to their Songkran party (Thai New Year) a few weeks
                                                              ago. She asked for my email address. Fingers are crossed that I'll be invited to their
                                                              other events.

                                                              The Monk's money tree was empty when I arrived (10:10) and empty when I was leaving.
                                                              So I put $1 on the tree. He said thank you, then returned to his PA. I don't know what he
                                                              was saying, but there was a rush from the few Thai's there, to put their $1's on the tree! <g>

                                                              > Haircuts

                                                              I've been thinking of going to a buzz cut, or shaved, for the summer. I may give it a try.

                                                              1. re: rainsux

                                                                Encouraging reports. Looking forward to it. Thx

                                                                1. re: rainsux

                                                                  Thats Thai Chilis for you. There about 100k scoville. Hanabero is 300k and a Jalapeno is 5k just for perspective. Amazing little things though and that Papaya salad is fantastic.
                                                                  I wish I would have known about this earlier, Id have definitely been there. I should be going for sure on the 8th.

                                                          2. This sounds VERY familiar! This one's in Tampa, FL. I wonder where else they do these.

                                                            http://goo.gl/7TCR5

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                                                            1. re: ak994

                                                              When I moved to Tucson, I emailed the local temple...they have Thai buffets once a month....there is also a big street fair called Tucson Meet Yourself, where all nationalities will have booths representing their food and the temple will be there. The Temple (in Detroit and Tucson) is also good at asking their members where to find specific items like mee krob or fresh jerky....So if you are traveling, you might want to email the Temple prior.

                                                              1. re: ak994

                                                                Good find btw- Thanks!

                                                              2. Inspite of the holiday, their food court will be operating on Sunday. Same place. Same time.

                                                                1. Anyone go this past weekend? I did, and noticed Nung's Kitchen (from your catered dinner) was there, with 2 tables. I did not taste anything from her as there were too many other tempting choices, but may on July 8 if she's there again.

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                                                                  1. re: ak994

                                                                    Nung is present at many of their events.

                                                                  2. FYI - First market day for 2013 is Sunday May 5. Note, though, that the biggest market day for the year will be May 19. (Some kind of "Royal Thai" bash.)

                                                                    The other market days for 2013 are 6/2, 6/16, 6/30, 7/7, 7/28, 8/14, 8/25, 9/8, 9/22 and 9/29.

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                                                                    1. re: VTB

                                                                      Aug 14 is a Wed. Are certain about that date?

                                                                      1. re: rainsux

                                                                        Great catch D. For once, unfortunately, the typo was not mine. It was printed on hundreds of their tiny fliers. I called Lawan to pass along your catch (she says thank you!). She also added that the correct dates should now be 8/4, 8/18 and 8/25...I'd advise people to double check the website (once loaded for 2013) as it gets closer to Aug. Sorry.

                                                                      2. re: VTB

                                                                        Here's the flyer or this Sunday, May 19--

                                                                        https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

                                                                      3. Anyone else attending today ?

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                                                                        1. re: rainsux

                                                                          Did anyone go? I am very interested but spouse is put off by the prospect of "authentic" food (and out of the box ingredients) and I'm off of meat these days (and taking sate etc. out of the mix probably leaves me with little to eat). Still interested though....

                                                                          1. re: HillsofBeverly

                                                                            We attended ... took a lot of food home.

                                                                            New finds for us on this visit:

                                                                            - Pork jerky ... we like it better than the Thai beef jerky

                                                                            - Puff pastry shells stuff with choice of: pineapple, chicken, beef ... or fish. Yum.

                                                                            1. re: rainsux

                                                                              Sigh. Maybe in a meat eating, non-germophobe, spouse who doesn't get food poisoning at the drop of a hat life.

                                                                        2. We went to the market yesterday, the food was tasty as usual but it was disappointing, very small, I didn't count but maybe only around 10 or so vendors?
                                                                          The prepared food in containers sold out very fast & there was little to choose from.
                                                                          It took forever to get the cooked to order food as they were overwhelmed.
                                                                          We had the opposite problem last time, too many choices!
                                                                          The green drink lady was missing.
                                                                          I wonder if the time we attended last year was a special market since everything was so plentiful?
                                                                          A friend from Thailand told me this is the start of the rainy season in Thailand, the monks retreat during that time, maybe that's why the market was small.
                                                                          It's a long drive for me so I prefer the more bustling scene.
                                                                          We did have a very delicious cold noodle in curry, coconut, fish & lemon grass sauce; pad thai; whole fish; taro, coconut & red beans in banana leaf and some other dishes so it was not a total loss!

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                                                                          1. re: Michigan Mishuganer

                                                                            Yesterday there were an unusually small number of vendors. I'm not sure why. And the crowd was much larger than usual, I thought. Luwan, who seems to be the organizer, was not there yesterday-- she's gone back to Thailand for a bit to tend to a sick husband, I was told. No idea whether vendors might need to be encouraged/reminded to show up.

                                                                            The prior date, July 7, was the opposite-- many vendors, plentiful choices, few patrons.

                                                                            1. re: ak994

                                                                              Thanks ak994 for the update, I certainly won't give up on the market & will try again!

                                                                            2. re: Michigan Mishuganer

                                                                              Anyone know whether Sunday Market is definitely ON for 8/18 and 8/25? Those were dates I picked up from a prior post here but would like confirmed. Was anyone lucky enough to find a copy of the coveted and rare second printing of their 2013 dates flier? Supposedly some restaurants had them.

                                                                              Luwan I know has gone back to Thailand for a while to tend to an ill husband-- I don't know what effect that may have on the organization of and participation in the Markets going forward. Last time I went there weren't so many vendors and she was not there, so possibly the regulars aren't being given as much encouragement to show up. I do hope that's not the case.

                                                                              1. re: ak994

                                                                                I phoned and he did confirm here is Sunday Market this upcoming Sunday 8/18, but I didn't get any further than that.

                                                                                Anyone?

                                                                              2. re: Michigan Mishuganer

                                                                                Suggestion.

                                                                                Begin a new thread for 2013.

                                                                              3. A pretty good vendor turn-out yesterday. The only one that I oticed missing, was Nung.

                                                                                1. A pretty good vendor turn-out yesterday. The only one that I noticed missing, was Nung.

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                                                                                  1. re: rainsux

                                                                                    I thought it was quite a good vendor turn-out too. I didn't get there till nearly 1pm and some of my very favorite items were sold out. It was great to see the lady with the chicken/pineapple/taro etc turnovers back. Apparently she's a new widow, so that's why she was gone.

                                                                                    Wasn't that Nung in the corner at the end of the first row, up from the token desk? My dining companion get a nice stir fry from her.

                                                                                    I asked a few of the vendors and all were consistent in insisting they'll be open EVERY Sunday for the remainder of the season. That's hard for me to believe, but that's what they said.

                                                                                    1. re: ak994

                                                                                      For anyone still keeping track of their 2013 dates, next Sunday Sept 15 is an OFF day for them, but they'll be back weekly starting Sept 22 until further notice. That info from 3 different vendors earlier today (9/8).

                                                                                      1. re: ak994

                                                                                        Thanks for the updates with the dates...now how were things *today*? Update us with *that*! :)

                                                                                        1. re: boagman

                                                                                          I think it was fine, and well worth going even though I got there so late some vendors were already gone and others were sold out of many items I would have liked to have.

                                                                                          That noodle soup keeps getting better and better each week-- this time included short ribs, which is less important than the wonderfully flavored broth. And the sour sausage, among my absolute favorites, made its return from two different vendors this time.

                                                                                          Basil Stir fry was available, now with 4 different protein choices and infinite heat levels. A Pad Thai guy has joined that tent. I do wish they'd start offering the Hoi Tod again-- I see that cook walking around, but not cooking lately when I've been there.

                                                                                          And the pork-on-a-skewer family in the back corner keep coming up with new items. In addition to their little ground pork and nut dim-sum-looking dumplings they're lately offered an omelet-looking version done up in rice noodle sheets rather than egg. Different fillings encased in sticky rice and rolled in banana leaf are also favorites of mine, as I enjoy both the squash and the banana. I especially appreciate how she includes a small bundle of romaine/cilantro and sometimes mint or other herbs along with each purchase, with some sort of dipping sauce often tucked in as well.

                                                                                          1. re: ak994

                                                                                            For anyone following along at home, Market is ON for tomorrow, Sunday Oct 6. I do hope the predicted rain chooses some other time to fall. Market's season always ends in October so I'm not sure how many (if any) more there will be this year.

                                                                                            New wrinkle for this week is the owner of the Tokyo Sushi restaurants, who's a Thai guy, is bringing his sushi. I've no interest in that, but okay.

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