We started with the Grilled Bread with Peanut Curry Sauce. The grilled baguette is from Easy Tiger Bake Shop and is served with a brilliant peanut curry sauce (not too spicy, lots of nutty flavor) and a pickled salad of onions and jalapeños. My only regret is that we didn't order more bread so that we could have used it to sop up all that glorious sauce. It was that good. The remaining dishes arrived to the table shortly. A favorite was the Waterfall Pork. This is pork shoulder grilled and sliced with Tiger Cry sauce, toasted rice powder, pickled cabbage, cilantro, red onion and sticky rice. The Tiger Cry was a bit on the spicy side (in a good way), the pork was tender, while the cabbage and sticky rice helped tame the heat. Another dish we enjoyed was the Thai-Kun Fried Chicken. Deep fried marinated chicken thigh, with chicken fat rice, Boom sauce, pickled cabbage and cold cucumber. This was an easy going dish (who doesn't like fried chicken) that works for the heat averse. That Boom sauce was very flavorful and the chicken itself was satisfyingly crunchy and moist.
The Beef Panang Curry was another hit. Beef chuck simmered in homemade panang curry, Kaffir lime leaf, steamed rice, Holy Basil with a fried egg of top. This was one of the hottest dishes, but it was oh so good. Definitely worth the extra dollar to get the egg atop the dish. Hearty and spicy with cohesive layers of flavor. The Thai-Kun Fish Cakes are deep fried fish cakes on pickled salad, ginger fermented bean sauce, holy basil and cilantro. This was a solid dish, but didn't stand out for everyone. Even though there was great flavor, the cakes didn't quite compare to the other stellar menu items.
Another good dish for those not into heat is the Black Noodles. This consists of rice stick noodles tossed in sweet dark soy sauce, romaine lettuce, bean sprouts, celery, pickled mustard greens, peanuts and lime. There were lots of great components that worked well together here, and the lettuce, sprouts and celery were soothing elements in contrast to the spice found in other dishes. Finally, the special of the day was Green Papaya Salad with Catfish, cabbage, green beans and sticky rice. This item was mind blowingly hot, but to be fair it comes with a serious warning so that everyone who orders it has advance knowledge of the high heat factor. You will sweat a bit while eating this dish, but the trick to make it tolerable is to wrap the salad in the cabbage leaves provided, proceed slowly and intersperse bites with sticky rice. The person who took our order and delivered our food was really great. Very enthusiastic about the food and extremely knowledgeable and helpful. She added a very positive element to the experience. With great food and service, I am sure Thai-Kun will continue to thrive in this backyard along E. 6th. It could very well be some of the most authentic Thai food in Austin. (Cathy)
Please Note: Thai Kun has since moved to Whisler's.