I’ve noticed that at the lot on South Congress and Monroe has been adding more food trailers recently. It seems to be a little different every couple of weeks. Over the weekend, I took a walk over there to see what was going on.
There, I found three-week-old Austin Gourmet Pudding. I’ve seen plenty of food trailers, but never one that sells only pudding. Run by Randy James, the trailer serves homemade puddings with flavors like chocolate, tapioca and pumpkin, and toppings like crushed cookies and candies in edible waffle bowls.
Not being particularly hungry, and after Randy generously let us sample a few puddings before deciding, my dining partner and I settled on a half-and-half mix of butterscotch and Pop’s banana topped with graham crackers.
Made with whole milk, the puddings were really thick and rich. Both were really good, but the banana was excellent. Surprising, because butterscotch is usually my favorite.
While eating the pudding, I chatted with Randy, who, as it turns out is from Central Illinois. I’m from Chicago, and went to school in Central Illinois, pretty close to the town he’s from. Lucky guy that he is, he told me his mom sends him some Illinois super-sweet corn every year when it’s in season. (Sure, the corn here is tasty, but it’s just not the same!) I’ve got to see if I can make a similar arrangement.
Quick aside: the corn I got at the farmers market in Central Illinois, and even the stuff I’ve gotten recently at the Green City Market is so sweet and juicy that it doesn’t really need to be cooked. During corn season, I got a few to cook, along with one for the road that I ripped open and ate raw on my way home.