dosirak

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dosirak lunch cart

dosirak lunch cart

Location: SW 4th and College

Description:

A coworker and I needed something hearty for lunch and wanted to try something new. We saw the shiny yellow cart named dosirak and decided to give it a try. Talk about simple ordering. This cart offers up one dish and one dish only – marinated chicken over rice with a salad and some dumplings called mandoos. That’s it. The cart is aptly named – dosirak translates to lunchbox.

dosirak lunchbox

dosirak lunchbox

The “lunchbox” comes with a generous portion of sticky white rice covered with amazing marinated charbroiled chicken and a couple of mandoo (little dumplings.) The salad has a unique miso flavored dressing that is perfectly matched with the chicken. The lunch was great. A perfect portion with great tastes and wonderfully simple. I especially like the mandoo as they had a texture and flavor that melted in your mouth.

If you’re out looking for a new take on marinated chicken and rice, visit dosirak and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Menu:

  • The Lunchbox: marinated chicken charbroiled to perfection; fresh green salad with miso dressing and mandoo (little dumplings – $6
  • Mandoo (dumplings) – small order 6 pieces – $3; large order 10 pieces – $4

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Comments

  1. I stopped here for lunch a few weeks ago, drawn in by the free sample. Honestly, I wasn’t as impressed as this review. I liked the salad, especially the dressing. And the dumplings were great. But, I thought that their chicken was covered with sauce that was very sickly sweet and just had too much sugar with not enough bitter or sour flavors. All in all it wasn’t terrible, but given the great options in the PSU pod (Vietnamese! Afro-Caribbean! Mexican!), this wouldn’t be in my top 5.

  2. mandoo is the korean word for “potsticker” “gyoza”

  3. gustoeater says:

    i wish I could click on the photos and view a larger version. it’s hard to tell from these wee little thumbnails what is what.

  4. dieselboi says:

    Gustoeater,
    Try now. I didn’t realize those weren’t linking out to the original. Thanks for the heads up.

  5. My only suggestion is that you ask them to go light on the sauce. Otherwise, filling and tasty.

  6. My wife and I ate there this past weekend and really enjoyed the meal. You can get brown rice, too, and I was pleasantly surprised that it was served sticky, Asian style.

    Unlike some previous commenters, I really enjoyed the chicken. It was perfectly tender, and the sauce — while, yes, sweet — was great. The dumplings were very tasty, too. I might have enjoyed the salad more, but it was basically iceberg lettuce (miso sauce or no), which I just don’t enjoy.

    The owner is a very nice guy, pleasant to talk to while you’re waiting for your order.

  7. hi dieselboy! thanks for posting this. ๐Ÿ™‚ i’m the owner’s daughter and this made me super happy. i was wondering if i could steal your pictures of dosirak and post them on the yelp website? i would take the pictures myself but i’m all the way in korea right now. ๐Ÿ˜› please let me know. thank you again for posting such a nice review. <3 thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.

    jessica

  8. I was starving and on my way home when I thought I would do the “loop” around the block. Dosirak was the only cart open so with a parking spot right in front open I pulled in. I was the last one for the night so he really hooked me up on a nice size order. I care more about the flavor and when I got home what should have been two or three meals I could not stop eatiing it was so good. Oh I forgot, I got brown rice as I do everywhere and this was by far the best brown rice Ive ever had. Super clean cart, super clean food. The dressing was not thick too like I like it. Perfect Terryaki IMO- cool dude too.

  9. Grabbed a quick box on the way to OHSU. Had a nice overhang to wait in the rain. Did a real nice job. Yes, the sauce is sweet but I didn’t think it was overpowering. Great mandoo, and I know my mandoo. Wish that they had a Korean spicy pork option because I’m sure they can do a wonderful version.

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  10. I eat at Dosirak once a week without fail and would probably do so for the rest of my life if they agree to stay in business and keep things as simple and delicious as they are right now. One of the cleanest and friendliest carts I’ve seen anywhere and definitely one of the easiest to order at. None of that would matter if it wasn’t good but did I mention that I eat there once a week without fail and would probably do so for the rest of my life?

    I think that sums it up.

  11. I love this place a lot!
    Foods are great and price is very reasonable.
    I would recommend to anyone who loves teriyaki!
    Now I finally found the place to eat around PSU area.

  12. Theresa says:

    Just ate at Dosirak for the first time the other day. I got the chicken with brown rice. The chicken was moist and tender, the brown rice nicely cooked, the two mandoos crispy, and the salad wasn’t bad either(mayo in the dressing?).

    Some reviewers have said that there was too much sauce or that it was too sweet, but I didn’t find this to be the case when I went. The lady put the sauce on the rice before putting the chicken on. I think this showed off the charbroiled flavor of the chicken better.

    You can also just order the chicken teriyaki and rice for $4 if you like. Can’t beat a tasty and substantial lunch for that price.

    Struck up a conversation with the owners while they were prepping my order, and found out they’re open until 6PM. Apparently they used to be open until 8PM, but the man had back surgery so they’re closed earlier to give him a break. Overall, good food and great people. Will definitely be back.

  13. Pretty darn good. I didn’t get the full lunchbox with the dumplings and salad though(way too much food!) so I can’t say much for those, other than they look delicious in the photo. The mini box of just rice and teriyaki chicken was still lots of food and really good! I don’t think it was too heavy on the sauce, just perfect- although it is a teensie bit on the sweet side, but I like that. The genmai style brown rice is awesome! i could have just that and be happy. I’ll be back for those dumplings.

  14. I went to try this out today only to discover that they are closed until September. Disappointing! But, I did get to try another nearby cart (Fernando’s) which was very good. Looking forward to going back to try dosirak in September!

  15. For Stef, they’re back and as good as ever. The friendly team is still running the place.

  16. I work near the PSU food carts and see and smell lots of cart food in my office. The other day I asked my co-worker “wow, what are you eating?” I thought it might be fried chicken because the smell was just so familiar and tempting! She had picked up the lunch box at Dosirak and gave me a piece of chicken to try. She actually had the chicken without teriyaki sauce and it was delicious all by itself. Today I picked up a lunch box for myself. I am impressed with the portion size – plenty of very good, fresh, simple food for two satisfying lunches.

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