Location: SE 43rd and Belmont
Hours: Thurs to Sun, 12am-8pm
Portland has been known to re-invent food whether it be organic, locavore or just re-visiting old ideas. With the carts, we keep getting introduced to cuisine that we just can’t get at a local restaurant. With the opening of Viking Soul Food this past summer, we now have a Norwegian cart, and I think they are the first.
Megan Walhood contacted us here at Food Carts Portland last summer to let us know she was opening the cart and all I could do was giggle with joy. To have Norse inspired food in my neighborhood was a dream come true. Growing up, every holiday introduced my siblings and I to new family recipes which included either lefse or pickled herring and even lutefisk, a whitefish preserved in lye then reconstituted. While my parents and grandparents believed it was a treat, as an 8 yr old, it was one of the scariest dishes I had ever seen or tasted. Though trying new dishes was an adventure. As an adult though, I have come to appreciate those complex flavors and am glad they are part of my heritage. Whether Megan will serve us some of these old world delicacies, we’ll see.
Meghan has a great little menu at her vintage cart with most everything focused around Lefse, a Norwegian flatbread. I’m used to having lefse just with butter and sugar, yet Meghan amps it up by serving it with meatballs or smoked salmon or lingonberries. We enjoyed lefse with smoked salmon and pickled cabbage. The light texture norwegian tortilla wrapped around the smoky flavors of the salmon and sour cabbage create a wonderful little flavor profile worthy of a second visit. Eaten either as a snack or in multiples, these are a great find.
Viking Soul Food is one of those carts you will keep returning to. Meghan is welcoming and a genius with her griddle. Come winter, she’ll introduce some seasonal specials to introduce more of Portland to the flavors of northern Europe. When my family meets up after turkey day for our annual sausage making, I’ll be sure to bring some Swedish sausage back to see if our recipes have held up over the years. Some friendly competition. Viking Soul Food is now open at
Dreamer’s Marketplace on NE MLK which now has heated and covered seating so you can sit down and enjoy your meal. Let Meghan know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Lefse with butter and flor de sal or butter and local honey: $2.50 or 2 for $4
- Lefse with Norse meatballs, Gjetost sauce, pickled cabbage: $4.50 or 2 for $8
- Lefse with Akevitt curred, Duchess smoked salmon, dill creme fraiche, watercress: $4.50 or 2 for $8
- Lefse with mushroom and nut balls, Rogue blue vein, parsley sauce: $4.50 or 2 of $8
- Lefse with lingonberries and Duchess cheese: $3.50 or 2 for $6