Thank goodness for backers: When Ning Congla cooked for her boyfriend, he was so amazed by her plates that he insisted she open a food trailer. He put his money where his mouth was too, and financially helped her turn said suggestion into a reality. Now operating out of south Austin's latest food trailer court, the South Lamar Trailer Bazaar, Trai Mai Thai has won over the taste buds of many people not romantically involved with the chef: Long lines form at lunchtime and dinner for Thai curries, pineapple fried rice, and pad cashew chicken. Trai it!
This place has a sweet backstory: The
owner's boyfriend was so impressed with her cooking, he demanded she open a food trailer (and forked over the money to help her). Several months later Trai Mai Thai opened, and its menu offers hearty portions of Thai soul food: Pad Thai, Green Curry, Red Curry. Did we mention they serve free beer? Seriously.