Thai Kun: The Newest East Side King

09.12.2014 by: Travis Sandoval
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We’ve all been fans of the East Side King trailers and brick and mortar shop, but the latest addition to the family, Thai-Kun surprised everyone when Bon Áppetit named it one of the best new restaurants in the country. This truck is a collaboration between Paul Qui and Thai Changthong and serves Thai-inspired dishes.

Thai-Kun set up shop behind Wonderland, located in the former Cheer Up Charlie’s, a few months ago. It’s clear there’s a buzz about the food. During our visit on a hot afternoon, the bar was empty but the backyard was packed with diners lining up for a taste.

Cabbage Two Ways is a spicy mixture of fried and raw pickled cabbage.

We started off with an order of the Cabbage Two Ways. You’ll be interested if you’re a fan of the brussels sprouts from other Eastside King menus. Fried and raw pickled cabbage is tossed with a few herbs and veggies in a boom sauce making for a spicy and tasty dish. We also dared to try the hottest item on the menu, Beef Panang Curry. With the added fried egg, the dish features beef simmered in a panang curry sauce, jasmine rice, basil, and Kaffir lime leaf. It’s definitely delicious but comes with quite a bite. Khao Man Gai, the day’s special was our third dish, which features Thai style steamed chicken on ginger garlic rice. The plate comes with a bowl of broth, intended to be drank at the end as a palate cleanser.


Try the spiciest item on the menu, Beef Panang Curry if you're up for the challenge.

There’s plenty of seating at big red picnic tables. The tables are pretty wide, which makes sitting across from someone pretty awkward. That’s less likely to be bothersome if you’re stopping by with a larger group. If you’d prefer to sit inside the bar, you’ll find a stylish but dark setting. The bar is mostly illuminated by candle lights. A few white leather couches line one side of the room while natural wood stools surround the bar.


Khao Man Gai was the day's special and featured steamed chicken on ginger garlic rice.

This weekend, venture out to the east side and try some spicy fare at Thai Kun with a nice cold beer or cocktail from Wonderland.

East Side King Thai Kun Official Website

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