Sunday, November 25, 2012
From the Jefferey Tastes blog:
“This was the best Thai food experience I have ever had (The Royal Kathin Celebration 2009). I’m not entirely sure how I should go about this. The experience was interesting, but the food was stellar. The food wasn’t that hot at all, just satisfying. The spread was magnificent.”
How about authentic homemade Thai food, served with grace and good cheer at a Buddhist temple? November 25 is the day of the annual Royal Kathin celebration at Wat Buddha Thai Thavorn Vanaram in Elmhurst, Queens. After a ceremony in which the temple’s monks receive new robes—as well as offerings of rice from lay Buddhists—everyone in attendance is invited to share in a lavish Thai buffet.
Jeffsayyes, who’s been to past events at the wat, finds the chow excellent and the people warm and welcoming: “Where else can you find homemade Thai food like this?” Keep in mind that the Royal Kathin gathering is chiefly a religious observance, not a mass feed. “Approach this event respectfully rather than as a food free-for-all,” advises Dave Cook, who’s documented the festivities. And while the buffet is free, donations to the temple are welcome. Just pin your contribution onto the big dragon.
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