But there were new tastes too, such as meat jerky like you've never tasted, not the usual chewy stuff you'd pack on a long hike, but thin and crisp as a potato chip, maybe even more crisp.
Blackies Originals pork jerky (above) has only been on the market for about five months. The thin chips of oven-baked lean pork come in two flavors. Both are seasoned with soy sauce and sugar, but one is also spiked with pepper, enough to produce a minor burn after you chew and swallow it.
The jerky is made in Chino. So far you can get it only at a few farmers markets in Orange County. Check Facebook and Twitter for locations.
The plant booth at Songkran this year was set up by Art't Garden & Supplies in Arleta, not far from the Wat's location in North Hollywood.
The plants were pricey, but try and find a bai toey (pandan) plant at Home Depot (the plants with long slim leaves in the photo above).
Along with kaffir lime trees, the booth sold two types of Thai basil, bai horapha, which is sweet basil, and the less common bai kaprow, or holy basil.
If you missed Songkran, you can still get these and other plants at Art't's garden store, 13235 Bromwich St., Arleta, CA 91334.