Over the past 10 years, Austin’s food scene has evolved tremendously, landing us on numerous lists of great food cities. Much of that evolution is due to our food truck culture. The opportunity to test the waters with a smaller format endeavor has changed the restaurant game, especially in the realm of multicultural offerings. Lakana Sopajan Trubiana and her husband Justin, owners of Dee Dee Northern Thai Street Food, have experienced the change first-hand. “There’s always something new just around the corner that you’ve never had before. The food truck scene lets people dream and experiment. Austin is lucky in that way,” she observes. Lakana is from northern Thailand, where she helped her family plant vegetables and prepare food. She now serves that style of food—Isaan—at her food truck on Cesar Chavez. “We couldn’t think of a better place to start this business,” Lakana says. “It reminds us a little bit of street food markets that can be found all across Thailand.” As for her culinary exploration, Lakana finds herself pairing la Barbecue’s supermoist brisket with Dee Dee’s own green papaya salad, a Texas twist on a traditional Thai dish. She and husband Justin also stop by Paperboy on East 11th Street, or finish up their long days with Pastor or Barbacoa street tacos at Las Trancas.
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