Saturday, December 14, 2013

Gastro Punk - Chicken Pot Pie and Jalapeño Poppers

Truck: Gastro Punk
Location: Houston Food Park, 1504 St Emanuel
Date: December 13, 2013
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GastroPunkTX

Chicken Pot Pie - $7

I had settled on one of the specials when I saw this on the menu. Something about chicken pot pie (CPP) on a cool dreary day that just works. This was kind of a deconstructed version of CPP. A bowl of great CPP filling. Lots of chicken, carrots, potatoes, and peas immediately jumped out at me. The gravy/sauce was perfect. Topped with a big piece of puff pastry to represent the crust. I think all the choices here were a smart way to make CPP into street food. The filling can be held hot until topping it with the crust keeps it perfectly crispy until you order it and you don't get a soggy crust. Did I mention how good the crust is dunked in the filling? Synopsis: Its hard to turn slow comfort food in to fast food this well done.

Jalapeno Poppers - $5

This is hard review to write. First the good news. These are without question the best jalapeno poppers I've ever had. You get two. Each is a large jalapeno stuffed with a cream cheese, corn, pepper, cilantro, and zucchini filling.The filling is a work of art. But wait it gets better. Instead of just breading and deep frying it, they are wrapped in puff pastry. That's a brilliant move. Its hard to make breading stick to so something like a jalapeno. Pastry solves that problem by being a complete envelope. It was like biting into a perfect turnover, but instead of apple filling you get a spicy cheesy surprise. I'm hoping this is something that stays on the menu. Heck I may go looking for them tonight. Now the bad:  mine were cold, really cold on one end. That said, even cold these were absolutely the best popper I've ever had. I would take them cold over any popper I've ever had. I've had a lot of food from Gastro Punk, I've every confidence that getting something cold is an isolated incident and I have no qualms about recommending these popper as the best in Houston. Synopsis: You must try these while they are off the menu.





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