PFE Sushi and Chinese Food

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Location: SW 3rd and Stark

The Story:

I think I can safely say that we have our first Sushi cart along with our first Chinese cart in Portland. Granted, Sushi Tree opened last year with all vegetarian sushi, but PFE Sushi is crafting what we have come to know as traditional sushi – with tuna, eel and salmon.

When I have spoken with others who visit the carts on a regular basis, we discuss what is missing as a food group. Sushi and Chinese food always come up as needed options, yet there is trepidation when imagining raw fish from a cart. I too had that concern, but after seeing PFE Sushi’s cart and watching how clean and precise they are in the prep, my fears were assuaged. The two chefs behind the counter were as professional as any sushi chef I have met at a sit down restaurant. PFE Sushi offers up rolls along with sashimi and an assortment of traditional Chinese dishes like Kunk Pao Chicken, Black Bean Chicken, Brocolli Beef and others.

On their first day open, I decided on the special of the day – a shrimp crunchy roll with shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber, crabsticks, and tempura crumbs. Watching the chef make the roll was a hoot. He started by picking out some larger tempura’d shrimp and gesturing to me with a wink implying they were the largest he had. They were positioned strategically with the avocado and crabsticks on nori and rolled up in sticky rice. Once put together, they asked if I wanted it deep fried. Heck yeah! Everything tastes better deep fried, yet this wasn’t in a batter. The hot oil just warmed up the roll and crisped the outer rice shell. The final step was to roll it in the tempura crumbs and slice it up. I normally eat my sushi with a good amount of wasabi mixed into soy sauce. Since I was mobile, I didn’t have the little tray for the sauce, so I skipped it. The rolls didn’t need it. They held their own with a touch of the green heat paste just dabbed on top. I love taking a piece into my mouth and experiencing that sinus clearing burn of the wasabi while chewing on the roll and taking in the numerous flavors. A well made roll.

PFE Sushi and Chinese food is now open in the lot on SW 3rd and Stark. They are the bright red cart located on the back wall of Mother’s between 2nd and 3rd. As stated, they just opened, so may still have some kinks to work out, but watching them make the sushi gave me confidence they knew their game. I’m excited to have a sushi and Chinese food cart downtown. Yet another example of providing the lunch crowd with an affordable high quality product. Check them out next time you are in the area and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

Steamed rice bento bowls – $3.99

  • Broccoli Chicken or Beef
  • Kung Pao Chicken
  • Cashew Chicken
  • Curry Chicken or Beef
  • Black Bean Chicken
  • Mushroom Chicken

Sushi Menu (imitation crab used; sesame seed in all items)

  • California Roll: crabstick, avocado, cucumber – sm. $2.99; lg. $3.99
  • Philadelphia Roll: crabstick, cream cheese, avocado – sm. $2.99; lg. $3.99
  • Alaskan Roll: salmon, cream cheese, avocado – sm. $3.99; lg. $4.99
  • Las Vegas Roll: salmon, cream cheese, avocado, spicy sauce and deep fried – sm. $3.99; lg. $4.99
  • Vegetable Roll: green leaf, avocado, cucumber – sm. $2.99; lg. $3.99
  • Tuna Roll: tuna, avocado – sm. $3.99; lg. $4.99
  • Spicy Tuna Roll: tuna, avocado, spicy sauce – sm. $4.49; lg. $5.49

Sashimi Sushi – price per piece:

  • Tuna – $1.30
  • Shrimp – $1.30
  • Eel – $1.30

Hours: Daily including Saturday, 10am-6pm
Phone: 503 781 6944

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Comments

  1. Omigawd. 8 big rolls of tuna sushi, made from scratch in front of me, for $5. Super fresh. Delicious. I will definitely be going back.

  2. Kayla O. says:

    I have been a long time reader of the site but never took the time to add my two cents. This cart has made me break my silence. I’ve been groaning about not being able to get my sushi fix from a cart since I got here but when I saw those big red letters that spelt “SUSHI” off in the distance I could barely contain my excitment. No way could I decide on just one roll so I ordered the crunchy shrimp, spicy tuna, and Las Vegas roll (gluttonous yes, but why not grab dinner while I’m at it). All of them fresh and delicious but the Las Vegas and spicy tuna definitely stood out on their own. The chef is friendly as well and seems to really enjoy his craft. I hope this cart sticks around, and if it ever went late night I’d just be beyond myself.

  3. Brooke Howes says:

    I had the Tuna roll and it was great! Panko on the outside for a little crunch. Very fresh and very inexpensive…Good cart. Brooke from Built To Grill…

  4. TripSim says:

    Fresh and tasty, lives up to expectations. I ordered the spicy tuna roll and the miso soup, both were yummy and hit the spot for a non fussy sushi meal.

  5. Bear330 says:

    Like Kayla O. I am a long time reader but first time contributor. I eat at carts 3-4 days a week and besides my favorites I like to try out a new cart each week. As written before me, I found the food at this cart excellent. I had a large spicy tuna roll and cup of miso soup. The sushi was fresh, tasty and satisfying. The miso also met my high expectations. My lunch mate went with the Las Vegas Roll and he enjoyed it so much he would not share. My only issue was by getting it fresh meant waiting for over 10 minutes and we (sadly) were the only customers at 12:30. Next time (and there will be a next time) I will phone my order in and pick it up.

  6. Very average. Nothing special about the rolls.

  7. Very tasty. Tried the Las Vegas and spicy tuna rolls. The panko on the outside was a nice touch. I called in my order using the menu here, should have asked about their specials (which were posted on the cart) – those looked good too.

  8. I almost buy from PFE 3-4days a week.I tried all the Chinese food.They are really delicious and fresh.Today Peter (the chef) told me he’ll bring out several new dishes like sesame chicken,spicy egg tofu and general’s chicken and other names that I can not remember.Fresh and inexpensive.

  9. SilverWings says:

    PFE Sushi cooks really tasty Chinese General Tso’s Chicken which is served over rice. The sauce is like a sweet and spicy chili sauce. Be sure to inform the cook how spicy you like your food. For $5, the meal was filling and a good value.

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