The inaugural Far East Fest, held Sunday in the Austin American-Statesman parking lot, featured bites from 30 Austin restaurants, from Cambodian food to sushi to sticky mango rice and sure, even doughnuts and shaved ice.
The big winner of the day (in my opinion, and also in the food truck and dessert categories) was Dee Dee, a food trailer that serves some of the best Thai food in Austin. Their traditional mango sticky rice (pictured above) was so good, we went back for seconds (and tried to go back for thirds, but they ran out of dishes).
Wu Chow served a positively delicious sweet honey prawn bite, and Sway’s roast pork was perfectly moist.
The only local joint I didn’t get to try was Peached Tortilla, who unfortunately ran out of food by the time the judges made it to their booth. But bites from Sway and Chicon were delicious as well, to no one’s surprise, and the “people’s choice” winner, voted on by attendees, was Sno-Mo, which served taro shaved ice that was the refreshing cure to a blistering-hot October afternoon.
The full list of winners:
- Critics’ choice: Sway
- People’s choice: Sno Mo
- Most innovative: Chicon
- Best food truck: Dee Dee
- Best dessert: Dee Dee