We ordered a variety of items from the menu. The Thai Chicken Kara-age is deep-fried chicken thigh with sweet-spicy sauce, basil, cilantro, mint, onion and jalapeño. The crisp fried chicken was very crunchy and tasty while the fresh herbs gave balance to the dish. We had several orders of Poor Qui’s Buns (get the pun?). Each order consists of 2 steamed buns with roasted pork belly, hoisin sauce, cucumber kimchi and green onion. These were a big hit with the meat lovers in the group. The soft steamed buns filled with tender pork belly and accompaniments was a standout. We were curious about the Beet Home Fries, so we split an order. These are deep-fried roasted beets, kewpie mayo, schichimi togarashi, green onion. The mayo added a cooling element to the slightly spicy beets. The beets were not as fried as I had imagined, but they were still very crisp and had a zesty flavor.
East Side King is famous for their Brussels Sprout Salad, so we had to experience it for ourselves. This dish has fried Brussels sprouts, sweet-spicy sauce, shredded cabbage, basil, cilantro, mint, onion, jalapeño and strips of deep-fried bun. This was a favorite of the group because of the interesting ingredient combination--it all worked well together. We also tried an order of Liberty Rice which is steamed jasmine rice, ginger, garlic oil, basil, cilantro, mint, onion and jalapeño. Also very fresh and piquant with the jalapeño and mint contrast (which stood out more against the almost floral rice). Speaking of jalapeño, in the event you are not a fan of the pepper, don't let this prominently used ingredient put you off. They are cut in thin slices that can be easily removed, if that is your preference.
Another great thing about the Hole in the Wall location of East Side King is the fact that minors are allowed to eat there; not the case at the 3 trailer locations. Paul Qui and company have created a place the whole family can enjoy. (Cathy)