East Side King @ The Grackle

Yesterday was my boyfriend’s birthday, and we decided to go visit [Top Chef TX winner and beloved Austin-ite] Paul Qui’s awesome chain of food trucks- the East Side King(s). Take the delicate, perfectly balanced cuisine of Paul Qui and throw it onto da streetz, B!! Our first stop was the Grackle location. It’s nestled right in front of The Grackle bar off East 6th and Chalmers Ave. You can’t miss the delightful green monster mouth puking up a tornado of vibrant colors. Don’t be fooled..this little truck is jam packed with some AWESOME food!

So we ended up ordering four dishes. My favorite was the pork belly on rice. The pork belly has these delicious crunchy edges that match perfectly with its silky, greasy insides… and the kim chi has the perfect zing to cut the richness of the fat. My second fav would be a tie between the Ssam and Yakitori on Rice, and my least fav (which was still delish) would be the Mushroom Rice. Words of wisdom: don’t get the Mushroom Rice unless you ABSOLUTELY LOVE mushrooms, otherwise.. it’s a bit much. Next thing I’m desperate to try is the “Instant” Ramen Noodle. Anyway, until next time- if you are ever bumming around East Austin, please make a pit stop at the East Side King at The Grackle!!

{before the wreckage}

{Top Left = Pork Belly Ssam* (2pcs) $6
Twice cooked pork belly, tare*, kimchee, rice, furikake*, gochujang*, and green onion wrapped w/ fresh romaine lettuce}

{Top Right = Pork Belly with Rice $7 [MY FAVORITE]
Twice cooked porkbelly, apple, tare*, kimchee on rice, and gochujang*}

{Bottom Left = Mushroom Rice $7Enoki, king oyster mushroom, button mushroom, butter, sake, tamari, green onion on rice}

{Bottom Right = Yakitori with Rice $7Grilled chicken thigh, tare*, chicken crackling, achara*, green onion on rice, and kewpie mayo}

Miss Louie