Spurred by the continued urgings of rudeboy, I made my way to Austin today for some Asian food.
Early lunch snack at Ba Le Sandwiches on North Lamar. I bought the $2.50 bbq pork sandwich and it was excellent. It compares very much to the Cali sanwiches in downtown Houston, but maybe costs a little more and a little bit bigger. The ingredients and flavors were exactly the same, including the obligatory pork grissle, fresh jalapeno slices, homemade mayo and pickled, julienned carrots. The only difference was that the bread was a little softer. It did, however, scrape-up the roof of my mouth a bit (which I'm sure John Scar would appreciate), but more like a large bowl of Cap'n Crunch would do - not the sandblasting you get from Cali. IMO the French occupation of Vietnam produced at least one positive: the Vietnamese use of French bread. They do it better than the French themselves now.
For an early dinner I went to Madam Mam's Thai restaurant on Guadalupe, across the street from the campus. I first drove to the Thai place a block away from there (behind the 7-11) which I went to about 10 years ago. It is called Thai Noodles, Etc. or something. Thankfully I re-oriented (pun intended) and found Madam Mam's. I had the green curry chicken and a Thai iced coffee. The green curry was very tastly, but a little but runnier than I was used to. I think they may have cut the coconut milk with some broth. The curry was good, but god was it hot. Maybe it was because the roof of my mouth was scraped up from the Vietnamese sandwich, but I could barely make it through the bowl. I will go back and try the pad thai tofu next time. Any other recs there? Good service, great people watching (large windows looking out to the corner of Dean Keeton and The Drag), but lousy parking.