This afternoon I ventured a few blocks down the street to Thai Town for the Songkran (Thai New Year) Festival. Looking for a snack, I spotted this sign. Who can argue with One of the best taste in L.A.? I jumped in the long line.
Everyone ahead of me seemed to order 4-5 servings of rice and mangos. Then this woman in the fancy dress jumped the line and got her 10 servings. Note to self: dress nicer next time.
Soon I was close enough to see the big bowl of sticky rice, scooped out by the plastic-bag covered handful.
The women behind the counter had a system for filling 4 containers at once, and I had ample time to admire their mango peeling and cutting technique. Using the same knife for the entire process, they'd quickly peel one side, in long, length-wise strips. Then one flat cut, again lengthwise, close to the pit. Next, chop-chop-chop-chop-chop, five quick cuts across the width, slide the slices into the styrofoam. Flip, and same process on the other side.
Finally, my turn. I'd never had sweet sticky rice before and was wary, as I'm not a fan of rice pudding. No need to worry, this was fantastic, as was the perfectly ripe mango. I have not been able to figure out what the crunchy bits are, but they provided a nice foil for the glutinous rice. Anyone knows what they are, leave a comment, please!
For more Songkran Festival pictures, visit: Thai Festival on Flickr