After almost a decade of making Southeast Asian eats in other peoples' kitchens, a lady-chef and her brother decided to stuff their own kitchen into a trailer, which they've emblazoned with the name Thai-U-Up and are parking almost every day at one of Seattle's most popular places to tie one on: the corner of Pike and Broadway.
Next time your posse's on Broadway, you'll probably find TUUP's trailer outside the Shell station at Pike. They'll be there five or six days a week serving simple, and totally sweet, takes on Thai standards.
To kick things off, they've got curries like this coconut milk/lime leaves/bell pepper Panang curry, and apps like deep-fried pot stickers, which probably won't look nearly as cool on your skateboard now that pot's legal.
Oh, and as you'd expect from a mobile-eats operation whose very name implies bondage, they'll make things just as spicy as you can stand.
Now for the real shizz, like noodle dishes, including Pad Thai which, just like the slayings of Tupac and Biggie, starts with beef... and eggs, tossed together.
Next come the noodles...
Once it's all tossed together, it's topped with what Charles Schultz's heirs live off exclusively: peanuts, plus things like green onions & sprouts.
Next up: Deep-fried Volcano Chicken.
To add heat, they throw some sweet chili into a wok.
Sure, there's a big new Starbucks going in across the street, but this should make your choice of a cup of Joe Versus the Volcano Chicken pretty easy.
Just like you after an evening spent on Pike St, this chicken is sauced, but, unlike you, it's served on a bed of lettuce and rice.