Location: SW 9th and Alder
Hours: M-F, 11-4; Sat, 11-3
After eating at so many carts, I see what works and what doesn’t. At baoPDX, they have the recipe for success with their $3 bao sandwich.
In a cart that once housed an extensive Thai menu and most recently sushi, Matt, Max and their friend Carter bring a simple dish that is true hand held street food. The bao finds its origins in China and is a steamed bun that they then cut open and fill to create a tasty little sandwich. In the first few weeks they have been open, they have been selling out daily after prepping 80 baos. That’s pretty darn amazing. There were some chuckles about 80hr weeks also, but that’s cart life isn’t it?
baoPDX offers up six different bao sandwiches including beef, chicken, pork and tofu. The pork belly with its pickled greens, carrots and daikon is creamy and tangy and top notch. The Jerk chicken is shredded chicken mixed with jerk seasoning, cilantro and white onion. Of the three my lunch mate and I tried, the chicken had some of the best, most diverse flavors with the white onion adding that little kick. The ginger orange tofu is a great option for vegetarians with a great light flavor. What adds to the eating pleasure is the bao which is light and fluffy, surrounding the amazing fillings.
baoPDX has a great product at just the right price, $3. I was able to get in and out in just a few minutes since the bao are prepared fresh daily and all that is required is final prep. Matt, Max and Carter may just have the secret to food cart success here. As stated, they have been selling out, so get their early and enjoy. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- BBQ Beef bao: w/sour slaw and dried onion – $3
- Pork Belly: w/pickled greens, carrots and daikon – $3
- Ginger Orange Tofu: w/lettuce, pickled carrots and daikon – $3
- Spam and Tamagoyaki: w/green onion and dried seaweed – $3
- Jerk Chicken: w/cilantro and white onion – $3