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By Robrt L. Pela
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By Deborah Sussman
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By Kathleen Vanesian
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After dinner, don't miss another one of Plabprasit's endeavors — her popular housemade coconut ice cream. Lusciously creamy and intensely fresh, the sweet, pure coconut is so habit-forming, I couldn't stop myself from muscling spoonfuls away from my guests. Next time, I'm going solo.
In contrast to its aging strip mall exterior, the inside of Palee's is bright and welcoming. Deep red booths and chairs complement an array of Thai artwork on the walls. There are glass-topped tables with colorful, fringed tablecloths underneath and a small selection of gifts Plabprasit brings from Thailand that are for sale in the front of the restaurant. Customers, who Plabprasit calls her "kings and queens," can expect consistently helpful and friendly service and usually a tableside visit from Plabprasit, as well.
And when I ask the 69-year-old — who tells me she regularly works 16-hour days and that, on this day, her shoulder hurts more than usual — how long she intends to keep Palee's Crown going, she smiles and says she has no plans to retire.
1245 W. Baseline Road
Mesa, AZ 85202-5824
"I tried staying home once," Plabprasit says. "I got bored."