Dee Dee – Northern Thai Street Food
Just because food is served from a truck, you shouldn’t consider it fast food. Lakana Trubiana doesn’t simply make a bunch of sauce and cook meat and then play mix-and-match from inside Dee Dee's black truck in East Austin
. She prepares meals from scratch, but loyal customers know it’s worth the extra few minutes for dishes like a minced pork laab moo
that carries a double-fisted pop of sour (lime juice) and heat (smoked chili powder). Trubiana is from Northern Thailand
, so you can expect some heat in most of her dishes, even the unassuming papaya salad. Don’t let its cool name fool you: The heat in the serving of shredded papayas and green beans flecked with roasted peanuts may be invisible, but it is real.