Asian street food trailer East Side King Thai Kun debuted a new location that is dedicated to chicken. It opened on South Lamar as part of Corner Bar over the weekend.
For now, the menu consists of only one dish. The khao gai yung is a rice bowl dish with grilled chicken thighs marinated in coconut milk. It also serves up grilled chicken by the half-pound and chicken ju. The menu will expand later. The current hours are Thursday through Monday from 4 p.m. until midnight.
Corner Bar is known as a game day destination for its numerous televisions and extensive cable package. The bar already offers barbecue plates from on-site barbecue trailer Brown's Bar-B-Que, which will continue to smoke meats and serve up sides.
This is the third location of Thai Kun, a spinoff of East Side King and part of chef Paul Qui’s restaurant ventures. A full menu of Thai Kun offerings can be found at the brick and mortar location at The Domain Northside and the truck at east side cocktail bar Whisler’s.
The East Side King empire has undergone many changes, with a peak seven locations and trucks. Now there is the East Side King truck at Liberty, the Thai Kun truck at Whisler’s, and brick and mortar versions of each trailer, Thai Kun at Rock Rose and East Side King on South Lamar.
Qui teased a possible expansion of East Side King to Houston in June, where he operates a second restaurant, Aqui, in addition to Kuneho (formerly Qui) in Austin. Qui is still battling domestic assault charges from March of 2016, as well as litigation regarding $24,000 in unpaid bills to a vendor.