Inasal Filipino BBQ

Inasal Filipino BBQ

Inasal Filipino BBQ

Location: 9525 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy
Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-8pm; Sat, 12-5pm

The Story:

Driving down Division street, you can’t miss the sunset orange 70’s era RV parked at the corner of SE 48th and Division. It screams “VISIT ME.” So I did and enjoyed a nice lunch from Inasal Filipino BBQ.

Inasal is the latest cart to take over the corner spot of the D-48 food cart pod. Upon arrival, you’re greeted by a couple of BBQ grills working their magic with chicken and pork. The dishes at Inasal, most served with a side of rice and steamed vegetables, include Sesame Beef, Orange Chicken, BBQ Pork Skewers and what I enjoyed, the Insasal Chicken. While looking over the choices, the robust owner and chef leaned out the window and heartily recommended it, stating he ate it every day when he was living in the Philippines. Breasts of chicken marinated in a unique blend of spices and then grilled, yet what makes it special is the basting sauce that is unique to the region. I understand there are whole chains of restaurants that focus solely on Inasal chicken dishes in the Philippines. Served with bright white rice and a salty dipping sauce, the chicken was moist and flavorful with hints of ginger and lemongrass and even a sweetness as if a sugary drink was used in the marinade. Researching recipes tells me they sometimes use lemon soda in the marinade. The dipping sauce paired well with the chicken and rice, adding a saltiness that wasn’t over the top, but just right.

Inasal Filipino BBQ is open daily for lunch and into the evening for dinner. While there, they did a brisk business of the BBQ pork skewers, so obviously the neighborhood loves pork on a stick. Drop on by and check them out and let them know Food Carts Portland.

Sample Menu:

  • Inasal Chicken – BBQ chicken with dipping sauce and rice – $7
  • Orange Chicken – breaded chicken with rice and orange sauce – $7
  • Sesame Beef – sliced beef with veggies and rice – $7
  • BBQ Pork Skewer – with rice – $7
  • Bihun Speicla – Filipino noodles with rice, chicken, 2 lumpia and a pork skewer – $10
  • Sinigan na Baboy – pork soup with veggies – $8

Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-8pm; Sat, 12-5pm

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