Article by: Timothy Castro
You don’t need to fly all the way to Thailand to enjoy fresh and delicious Thai street food. Once a month, this quiet residential neighborhood in the south suburbs of Las Vegas comes alive with activity. Hosted by the Chaiya Meditation Monastery, originally meant to bring the Thai community together, has also brought in Las Vegans from all walks of life under one common ground, honest to goodness food.
Pork Satay skewers, $5.00, Steamed Sticky Rice, $3.00
Chicken Pad Thai, $5.00
Chaiya Meditation Monastery, a serene escape in the south west suburb of Las Vegas
The atmosphere is quite reminiscent of a street food stall in the market area of Bangkok. It may look chaotic, but there is a method to madness, and the volunteers are always happy to assist. One great tip is to bring several friends with you on this gastronomical adventure, because there’s just so many delicious things to try and you can’t quite do that when you’re already full with one sampling.
Stewed Pork Noodle Soup, $5.00
Food is made to order, true to street food fashion anywhere in the world. You order, you pay and you wait a few moments for your food. This is where bringing your friends also come in handy, you and your crew can scatter and procure from multiple food stalls at once.
Thai Iced Tea (left) $2.00, Hibiscus Iced Tea (right) $2.00
Sweet Roti bread, $1.00
Food fair located at the south parking lot of the monastery grounds.
The food fair is usually held on the last Sunday of every month, unless otherwise stated on the monastery’s website. Parking and admission is free. So, if you’re a fan of Thai street food or just simply curious to try something new, check out the monthly Thai Food Fair at the Chaiya Meditation Monastery grounds.
Chaiya Meditation Monastery
7925 S. Virtue Ct, Las Vegas, NV 89113
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM