Salt and Pepper Ribs with Bacon Fried Rice from the Seedling Truck by Royal Fig
The popular Seedling Truck by Royal Fig is one of the few that moves around town and isn't tethered to one location. These ribs ($8) represent Seedling's focus on local and seasonal ingredients. Flavored aggressively with black pepper, the pork is browned on the outside, tender on the inside, and served over a bed of bacon fried rice garnished with sliced scallions.
Ice Cream from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Austinites were eagerly anticipating Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams' debut at SXSW. The Ohio-based company brought four flavors: whiskey and pecans, salty caramel, dark chocolate, and lemon yogurt. All four are superb and unbelievably smooth with a clean finish. Unfortunately you can only pick two for a small cup ($5).
Smoked Vegetable Frito Pie from Foreign & Domestic
Chef Ned Elliott prepared a small menu of playful items similar to the more refined fare served in his popular Austin restaurant. This vegetarian Frito pie ($5), a riff on the classic Texas dish, focused on smoked vegetables. Along with tangy picked onions and spicy jalapenos, they were smothered with melted cheese and crème fraîche, and served on a bed of crunchy Fritos. Will the F&D truck become a regular thing in the future?
Classic Spam Musubi from Phamily Bites
The Houston-based Phamily Bites, known for Vietnamese food, also serves this Hawaiian specialty ($4). Thinly sliced Spam is marinaded in teriyaki sauce, skillet fried, and wrapped in furikake-sprinkled sushi rice and nori seaweed. The firm Spam is the perfect textural complement to the rice and seaweed, creating this shamefully perfect snack.
Rice Krispy Treat from Duk Truck
This truck from San Antonio is known for duck tacos, but the giant Rice Krispy Treat ($5) stole the show. Made with Sugar Daddies, salt and vinegar chips, and corn flakes, it was a chewy yet pleasingly mix of sweet, salty, and sour.
Iced Mocha from Longshot Australian Roast
This pop-up stand is selling coffee drinks made with Longshot Australian Roast coffee. This Los Angeles-based brand roasts beans using Australian methods. The result is a light and subtly sweet coffee-- the perfect pick-me-up after a long afternoon of parties and music shows. The iced mocha ($5) was the perfect balance of coffee and chocolate flavors.
Kimchee Yakisoba from East Side King
East Side King, owned by SouthBits curator Paul Qui, anchors the food court. This particular truck is selling items unavailable at the chain's other locations. There was plenty of buzz about the kimchee yakisoba, a giant egg noodle salad of Japanese-style fried chicken, pickled vegetables, kimchee, cilantro, and spicy mayo.