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4. Insider’s Tip

Money is raised for the Wat Mongkolratanaram at a weekly food market.  

Join in-the-know foodies at the Sunday market at the Wat Mongkolratanaram, a Thai Buddhist temple hidden among Spanish-moss-draped trees on the Palm River. Get there early (around 10:30, to be safe) if you hope to secure a spot at one of the red picnic tables on the riverbank, then fill up on Thai iced teas ($1), curries ($5), and crispy deep-fried taro, sweet potato, and banana ($3) made and sold by local Thai-American families. Make sure you order the popular khanom krok, dumplings made from scallion-studded coconut custard, as soon as you arrive to avoid a potential hour-long wait.

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