Saffron To Celebrate “Songkran” Thai New Year

| April 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Food Market, Thai Dance Performances and a New Year Blessing to Occur

Chef/restaurateur Su-Mei Yu is preparing authentic Thai dishes for the New Year celebration.

Chef/restaurateur Su-Mei Yu is preparing authentic Thai dishes for the New Year celebration.

The ever-popular Saffron restaurants on India Street in Mission Hills will welcome Thai New Year on Friday, April 10 with an enticing selection of street food specialties, a New Year blessing ceremony, and wonderful performances of traditional Thai dances presented by Kru Aye, the dance instructor at the Escondido Thai Temple and president of the Thai Arts and Cultural Center of San Diego. The Thai New Year Street Food Market at Saffron will begin at 4:30 p.m., the blessing ceremony will be held at 6 p.m., and at 7 p.m. the performance begins.

The event is open to the public, and no reservations are required. Saffron Noodles & Sate is located at 3737 India Street, and Saffron Thai Grilled Chicken is located at 3731 India Street in Mission Hills.

Chef/restaurateur Su-Mei Yu, a celebrated culinary expert, cookbook author and television personality, opened Saffron Noodles & Sate and Saffron Thai Grilled Chicken almost 30 years ago, and has made festive observances of the Thai New Year an annual tradition. This year, the appetizing menu of holiday foods prepared at a special evening Street Food Market on the restaurant’s front patio will include many dishes that will be featured on season three of her KPBS television show “Savor San Diego,” set to debut in early May.

“These will be very special,” notes Su-Mei Yu, who loves polishing every detail of her annual event. “Most of the performers are students at schools and universities in Thailand, including the Piboonbumpen Demonstration School of Burapha University. They will be joined by two exceptional dancers from the Thai temple, where Kru Aye has taught every Sunday for the last 20 years.”


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