Portland Food Trucks
Nelson @ Portland: This city is famous for their food trucks/carts and of course I had to check it out despite the rain!
We went SW 4th Ave and SW Hall St where there were a whole block of food carts lined up. The first thing we tried was a Mexican food cart called Chopollos and Kitty asked for a fish taco. It was really good and had lots of quality fish among good toppings and nice wrap. The fish was cooked two ways, fried and grilled. This was really good and only cost $1.50! I would love to have such a cheap quality option near me for lunch.
Nong Khao Man Gai came highly recommended according to the reviews, so I checked them out. Their specialty is a simple Chicken and Rice (Khao Man Gai) described as poached, organic chicken with rice simmered in poultry stock and Thai herbs, served with sauce of fermented soybeans, ginger, garlic, thai chilies, vinegar, house made syrup and soy sauce. Garnished with cucumbers and cilantro, and accompanied by a light soup ($6.50). Surprisingly the rice and chicken came packed wrapped in paper, but it worked since the sauce & soup (not pictured) were a separate containers. The chicken was lovely, cooked really well, but still a bit plain since it is chicken, but the best part was how fragrant the whole package was. The sauce was very pungent with a lot of ginger and really added a lot of taste to the food. The broth was excellent, tasty and warm, perfect for rainy day. Good stuff!
Since it was so cheap, we went back for some more tacos. This time we tried Tacqueria Villanueva for a Taco Fajita ($1.50), with beef, sliced green peppers, onions, tomatoes, pico de gallo, lettuce, sour cream and guacamole. There was a lot of beef in the fajita with a good sauce and became very messy to eat.
We also got a soft taco with fish and it came with pico de gallo, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole. This one was noticeably not as good, with the fish quality much lower, but at least the quantity was still quite high for a taco. Overall the first Mexican place seemed like it was much better (eg better quality of ingredients) for the same price.
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