When I go visit my fellow blogger Naomi, I enjoy eating real Mexican food from a road side cart. Delicious.
We usually share a spot at a picnic table with local workmen and even business people that know good food comes from road side vans. I especially love the Cokes in real bottles made with real sugar.
Here in the Vermont/New Hampshire area, we have Thai vans that sell food.
I have to admit I do not enjoy the Ginger soda they offer, but the food is fresh, good and cheap. There are also picnic tables. I have to wonder if business drops off a lot in the winter. I tend to only stop when it’s warmer as you have to wait for your food to be made.
Vermont and New Hampshrie have many Thai immigrants, that have opened wonderful restaurants and become a welcome part of the community. When my children were in school they helped plant bulbs at the local Buddhist monastery in nearby Massachusetts.The Thai brought their religious beliefs with them along with their excellent food.
I would enjoy a Mexican family moving to our area, and opening a real Mexican restaurant or having a road side van. However, I have learned from my Thai friends how to make real sticky rice, and one of my favorite desserts, Khao Tom Mad.
The recipe is as follows, you can usually purchase banana leaves frozen at a Thai food grocery store! They defrost nicely, ready for use.
Khao Tom Mad
Sticky rice (real sticky rice, ask at your local Asian grocery store. Soak overnight!).
can of coconut milk
few tablespoons of sugar
Drain rice that has been soaking overnight. Put in nonstick frying pan and heat slowly with sugar and can of coconut milk. When rice is tender and cooked, cool.
Get your banana leaf out.
Put some rice mixture on leaf
Put half of a banana on a leaf
Put more ice on leaf
Tie leaf around it all, think of it as a little packet.
STEAM, use your steamer or a traditional bamboo steamer (I like traditional)
It really is a delicious treat, and kids love it. My kids would even eat it as a snack at lunch, but I like it best warm.
I was also told that in Thailand dessert is served with every meal, and the drink of choice is not ginger soda, but iced tea.
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