Best Thai Food in LA… According to Vice
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LostAngelesUnderground.com in association with LostAngelesTours.com will be conducting a tour on May 29, 2016 and a tour of the temple and history behind it, outer grounds and lastly a relaxing afternoon at the food court eating like royalty, on the cheap and meeting likeminded individuals Bourdain-ing it and having fun.
Seems Vice thinks that this small temple with its food court only on the weekends has the best thai food in LA. I see Tony Bourdain drinking and eating his way through half of Planet Earth and sometimes I feel like the man truly knows how to live it up and I wanna emulate! Join us wont you for some internal tourism into some of the more “hidden” or “lost” parts of LA so we can all fall in love with this magnificent city all over again. Know your jungle!
Towards the northwestern part of the San Fernando Valley you find a collection of some of the largest Thai and Filipino communities in all Los Angeles. It is no wonder that the food you find up there is second only to their native countries and the prices are dirt cheap. The supermarkets make Gelsons look like amateurs with huge live seafood displays and exotic fruits from all over. In fact, one of the only Puerto Rican restaurants in all LA called Mofongos is located in the San Fernando Valley, at 5757 Lankershim. In the SFV you will find some of the best cultural eats in all of AL. Embrace the spirit of adventure and explore! Best Thai food in LA!
One of my favorite places to get away is the Wat Thai of Los Angeles Temple. Located at 8225 Coldwater Canyon Avenue in Panorama City, it is hard to miss the shiny top of the temple protruding into the sky with all sorts of bizarre decorations foreign to most of us and sure to really stand out.
Following taken from Vive article on this Buddhist temple.
“Deep in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles, is some of the best Thai food in the world. This food isn’t found in a restaurant, and it’s not in someone’s home, either. It’s in a parking lot adorned by giant, gold, and ornately decorated anthropomorphic yak statues regally standing in front of a thatched red roof Theravada Buddhist temple that’s out of Thailand. Since the late 1980s, the 37-year-old Wat Thai—or Thai Temple—of Los Angeles—has operated an outdoor food court in its parking lot.” (Vice article)
“Before Thai town, it was the only place to get anything great,” says Thai chef Jet Tila. Tila’s family literally laid one of the cornerstone’s of the temple when the community broke ground to build it in the 1970s—he knows the scene well.
On the weekends this Buddhist temple has a food court and it is the closest thing you will find mimicking street food stands like those in Thailand lining rural and city streets at 2 am. Ask any Thai person in LA and they will agree that the food at this weekend only food court is as authentic as it gets and exceptionally cheap. Many of the items are not served in local restaurants, so the experience should be a special treat. On a hot summer afternoon it feels like you are in the middle of an outdoor bazaar somewhere in rural Thailand sampling some of the best Thai food there is. Only thing is that this is in LA and that is typical Los Angeles for you.
The food is cheap and beyond amazing. They have everything from their famous papaya salad to Pad Thai, Roti, Ka Pao Pla, Boat Noodle Soup Sticky rice with mango and much more. (below)
Gor Por Pla- dried fish soup
Sticky Rice with Mango (Dessert)
LostAngelesUnderground.com in association with LostAngelesTours.com will be conducting a tour on May 29, 2016 and a tour of the temple and history behind it, outer grounds and lastly a relaxing afternoon at the food court eating like royalty, on the cheap and meeting like-minded individuals Bourdain-ing it and having fun.
The Emerald Buddha sits outside and just like any of the other Buddhas inside the temple or outside you can make merit be offering basic necessities to monks and nuns like food, Arrowhead water in the large packs or other basic toiletries. Don’t feel like you have to be a monk or Buddhist to come to temple or weekend food court. They welcome everyone and the whole point is to create a welcoming ambiance and encourage world peace through mindfulness and love. Come join is Saturday Amy 29, 2016 at 1pm at Wat Thai of Los Angeles Temple.