Location: SW 5th and Main
Hours: Weekdays for lunch
Every neighborhood has the “go to” spot for a quick bit or a snack. For the office towers surrounding the Portland Building, Federal Courthouse and county courthouse, there are plenty of deli’s and fast food, yet few options for food carts. Saigon Kitchen on the other hand has been feeding those many workers for more years than I can remember.
Saigon Kitchen isn’t what you picture as a food cart by Portland’s 2010 experiences. Truly mobile and setup each morning and taken away each night, this cart is probably 6′ x 6′ square if not smaller. Enough room for one person and the ingredients that make up their Vietnamese and Thai plates.
Some of my first food cart meals were rice bowls – simple dishes with a base of rice and marinated chicken. Saigon Kitchen continues that tradition with a base of either rice or steamed veggies and toppings which include curry chicken or tofu, teriyaki chicken or pad thai noodles with curry sauce. For $4, I picked up a rather good size bowl of hot and spicy chicken over rice. A simple, yet full flavored meal. Even though it was a small, there was more moist and spicy chicken than I could eat in one meal. A great deal for a quick lunch.
Saigon Kitchen has a following and even on the wettest, windiest days, you’ll see someone braving the elements to grab a bowl. Having been successful in the same spot for years, one wonders why more carts don’t roll up and vend. If you’re at the courthouse or visiting the city officials, try this cute little cart and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
All entrees served over rice or steamed veggies; small, $4; large $5
- Curry Chicken
- Curry Tofu
- Hot and Spicy Chicken
- Teriyaki Chicken
- Pad Thai Noodle with Curry Sauce
- Salad Rolls – tofu or chicken with peanut sauce – $3.50
Hours: Monday-Friday, lunchtime