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Oct 21, 2012 02:15 PM

Wat Thai Temple Food Court Rumor

I heard that the Wat Thai Temple in North Hollywood purchased a large parcel of land adjacent to the Temple.

I can only hope that this might mean that they will build a parking structure or lot and this will signal the return of the Wat Thai Food Court. Oh, I'm dreaming...

Does anyone have any information about this?

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  1. In the past, I've emailed the temple (in English--address on their website) and received a prompt email back. This was back in the day when the food court first closed --and my nasty neighbors were complaining about traffic. Not me! I miss the big food court big time.

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    1. re: CatHairCondiment

      Thanks for responding, CatHairCondiment.
      I'd love some good news! Since you are "close," do you see any activity there? Is there the sign of any construction nearby?
      If you hear anything further, please let us know.

      1. re: liu

        Some weekends the (closed) gas station on Roscoe at Coldwater has the fence taken down and used for parking. There is still a smaller version of the stalls on the weekend. Thursdays & Fridays I often see big truck delivering tables and chairs, but that could be for weddings or school events.

        Don't forget to visit Pratunum market across the street on Coldwater :) Weekends there is a booth in their lot selling Thai food and coconut cakes. nom nom nom.

        Parking: I wish they could enter a partnership with Kaiser, to have people park at the KP lot (parking structure next to Bldgs 2 & 3) and take a trolley/bus to the Temple. It 'could' work for a nominal fee methinks. Probably won't work because of insurance issues (Bah! Insurance is often the deal braker)

        1. re: CatHairCondiment

          Thanks for the details about Wat Thai...and also thanks for the Pratunum Market recommendation. That sounds good!

          1. re: liu

            There is a bigger market on Sherman Way...but heck, this is super close :)

            1. re: CatHairCondiment

              Is the market on Sherman Way also a Pratunum Market or a different Thai market? Where is it?

              1. re: liu

                Sorry, meant to post earlier...same south side of the street has several Thai restaurants, in strip malls. Parking on Friday nights and weekends can be almost impossible at Bangluck, but if you're in the area, do try. Lots of SE Asian foods and a good selection of produce IMO.

                Bangluck Market,
                12980 Sherman Way
                North Hollywood, C

                1. re: CatHairCondiment

                  Thank you, CatHairCondiment!
                  I believe we have been there; it is a good market.

              2. re: CatHairCondiment

                Have you tried the new restaurant next to the market?

                1. re: mucho gordo

                  Is it a Thai restaurant? Do you know the name?

                  1. re: liu

                    It's Thai vegetarian that the owner of Sanamluong, Bangluck Market and the whole complex (Mr. Ma) experimented with. He opened it up a few times serving mostly drinks and closed it. I don't think he'll make a go of it. Looks like he lost interest.

                    1. re: Galen

                      Ratz...I'm on sick leave with limited diet or would drive over and sample/investigate.
                      Have been pleased with all of the cafes along the Sherman Way though. Maybe because we go for lunch or early dinner/off hours when not too crowded. Plus...we ask what server recommends to Thai folk (we are Asian/Euro hybrid family).

                      1. re: Galen

                        I wouldn't think there are many Thai vegetarians

                        1. re: mucho gordo

                          I just had a Thai Massage and the girl told me every Saturday and Sunday the food booths are back at the temple, she went as recent as yesterday?

                          1. re: Hypnotic23

                            Thanks, Hypnotic23, for this good news!

                            1. re: Hypnotic23

                              I believe that's what they call a "Thai Massage with a happy ending" (at least as far as CH is concerned) ;-D>

          2. We went to Wat Thai Temple today, a little before noon, in search of the rumored food court.
            There was a lot of student activity outside around the Temple; it also appeared that there was a charity food drive in progress. After several walks around the Temple we could not find a food court. Finally, we inquired and we were directed downstairs.

            There were a few vendors there, but most of the food was steam table stuff. The only item that we saw being freshly prepared was a green mango salad which I did not taste. A nice change involved the set-up of the tables which were canvas covered for shaded eating. However, there were a lot of flies around which made the place seem a little grungy.

            We had a couple of chicken skewers which were the best of our selections. Another item was a pork dish over rice, and the third item was a dessert with kabocha golden squash and egg custard; the custard was too solidified for my palate.

            This is not at all the same Wat Thai Temple Food Court that we knew several years ago, and there is nothing there -- except the beautiful Temple -- to call me back.

            If anyone is interested in going, we were easily able to park on Roscoe near Coldwater -- no meters -- and walk just a couple of blocks through a neighborhood onto the Temple grounds. Further information can be obtained by calling the Temple: #818.780-4200.

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            1. re: liu

              Thanks for taking one for the team and reporting back.

              1. re: ns1

                Thanks, ns1, for your nice response!

                I so wanted it to be what it once was...

            2. It's now end of April 2013, I'm wondering what is the status of getting food at the Wat Thai temple. I called several times but it was impossible to get through to a human being.

              1. So, resurrecting this thread. I have the skinny, or the fat...on Wat Thai
                First Sat. of every month, Wat Thai does have food however, it's NOTHING like the ole' days. It's located down the stairs under the school building NOT in the basement of the temple. There's one vendor with cooked and prepared stews and veges only. Most are rather spicy (for me anyway). 4$ for just the stew or vege in a small container or 5$ for 2 items and rice. Next to this vendor is one selling skewers but, they are not satay w/peanut sauce. Across the other side is another vendor selling Thai tea, coffee, sodas and some other items. I found her coffee (1$) way too sweet. There are school lunch tables where you can sit and eat. Up the stairs, I found a temple member selling the coconut rice stuffed w/either banana or taro and wrapped in banana leaf - banana was 4$ taro 2$

                IN TWO WEEKS, NOV 2/3, there will be the Loykrathong Festival. For 10$ entry you can enjoy all things Wat Thai, including food. Otherwise, go on that first Saturday. GO early, say 9A. Food stall is open and you can stay to watch the children playing traditional Thai musical instruments. Wait for the monks to come out of the temple to accept community offerings. If you feel inclined, stand with the others and drop a 1$ in each of the monks buckets.

                Some years back, the temple did buy the adjacent land (where the gas stations was) with the intention of expanding and having the food again However, it is very costly and there are many restrictions/required permits, etc. that so far have made this move impossible. Anyone out there with a million dollar donation?

                Hope this info helps.

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                1. re: Kitchen Queen

                  I'd love to know for which holidays during the year they bring out the big guns and bring back the full glory of the old food court. I imagine they must still have a big Songkraan festival in Spring, but for anyone who has been there in recent years, is it anything like the good ol' days?

                  The Wat Thai website (with the help of Chrome translation) does have a month-by-month calendar of Thai Holidays, but they only describe the history of the holidays and not how the events are celebrated at the temple.


                  Mr Taster

                  1. re: Mr Taster

                    I so miss the Songkraan festival! Anyone been in the last few years?