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Nov 5, 2012 11:21 AM

Buddhist Temple of America, Ontario

[ NOT a religion thread. ]

For those not in touch with the Thai temple(s) food vendor situ: much like every contingency of ethnic emigre, the Thais are moving to the burbs. In the last decade, temples have risen further to the east. Azusa and Ontario are the 2 newer/cleaner suburban Thai temples in LA (ish) and have left the NoHo temple in the dust. The corruption at the NoHo location apparently made everyone rather jaded, but that's a whole 'nother subject on a different board.

From this weekend's report, Ontario (Wat Bhuridattavanaram) recently has had fried chicken, noodle soups, fried bananas (no somtam), and I somehow also ended up with random truffle-sized banana bread. It's fascinating how the Thai culture has co-opted the foods of America into their own diet. They like sweets (cupcakes, etc.) just as much as the next SE Asians, but they mock the fat-ass American portions.

Would love to hear other Chow reports on either the Azusa or the Ontario temples.

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  1. Hi Tony: thanks so much for the info! Can you please provide the days/times of the food vendors? THANKS!

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    1. re: running pig

      These are not food "vendors" per se.

      Parishioners bring foods for the monks. After the monks take their meals, the visitors get to eat. Donation suggested. This all takes place a bit before noon every day. On weekends, there is more food because.. well.. there are more visitors. The wat's website is here:

      And you can see the schedule: 10:00 AM Morning Service and Meal

      If you've never had home made Thai food, this is the chance to do a little meditation, finished by some simple noodle soups, backyard fruits (it's persimmon season), etc.

    2. Damn that is far but does sound drive worthy.