Austin is getting a new Southeast Asian street food truck with Talād Thai and Lao Street Food. The Thai and Laotian truck will open sometime in the summer.
“We have the same goal of wanting our customers to learn about the Thai and Laos culture through our food,” they wrote in an email to Eater. The name talād is Thai for “market.”
The seasonal menu will feature familiar and not-familiar dishes, like this spring and summer, expect spicy papaya salad, moo ping (pork skewers), the vegetarian soop pak (a mix of vegetables, herbs, and sesame seeds), tod nam khao (crispy rice salad), nam prik ong (sticky rice with pork and vegetables), among other dishes. The fall and winter menu will be full of curries, soups, noodles.
When the proper Talād food truck opens, it won’t have a fixed location yet. It plans on circling campus and office buildings during lunch, and then focus on food truck parks, breweries, and bar areas during dinner.
Involved in Talād are Mary Hermadi (who is Laotian), Bee, and Arme (who are Thai). They’ve known each other for years. Bee worked as a sous chef in various New York Thai restaurants.