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Weekly Burmese/Lao Market Outdoors in Fort Wayne

Barry Strugatz Aug 7, 2013 07:13 AM

This Sunday in Foster Park my family stumbled upon an amazing Burmese/Lao market. It's every summer weekend, Sat & Sun, 11am-8pm. About a dozen vendors. Prepared foods, exotic vegetables, clothes, candy, etc. We sampled excellent Burmese grilled chicken wing (large), a chicken noodle dish, an eggy crepe topped with condensed milk, and a Lao banana/black bean sticky rice dessert. Beautiful Burmese skirts were on sale for $8.00. We were the only non-Burmese/Laotian customers, everyone was welcoming. A friendly crowd gathered to show my daughter how to tie her skirt.

  1. Jim Leff Aug 7, 2013 09:54 AM

    Sounds great, Barry. How did it compare to the Burmese food festivals in Queens? Sometimes the flavors there can be a bit blurry; I'd imagine that outside the NYC melting pot, it'd all be a bit more sharply preserved....?

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    1. re: Jim Leff
      Barry Strugatz Aug 7, 2013 11:05 AM

      This was a much different vibe from the Queens festivals. It was more of a market serving the local community. A gathering place in a nice riverside park, families, etc. The people didn't seem as assimilated as those I've seen at the NY festivals which are sponsored by established churches. Also many food items I didn't recognize (not that I'm an expert). Vegetables I never saw in the Chinese supermarkets I go to in Brooklyn. Many fried foods, I recognized chicken and large prawns, but little else. I'm sure there were many other foods I was unaware of but this was a quick first time visit.

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      Michigan Mishuganer Aug 7, 2013 01:17 PM

      It sounds similar to the wonderful Thai temple market in Warren, Michigan.
      Thanks for the tip Barry, am still hoping to make a trip sometime, your posts about the Ft Wayne Burmese community are enticing.

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      1. re: Michigan Mishuganer
        ak994 Aug 11, 2013 08:11 PM

        So tempting! 3 hours, though ...

        1. re: ak994
          Barry Strugatz Aug 27, 2013 12:12 PM

          Worth the trip! Not sure how many more weeks it will last. If you're coming from the North there are Amish on the farm meals that sound very good, though I haven't checked them out.

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