Momo Cart

Momo Cart

Momo Cart

Location: Roaming, check Facebook
Hours: check Facebook

The Story:

Young man visits Nepal. Young man returns to Nepal. Best friend from Nepal moves to Portland and marries. Three friends are together in the same city and Momo Cart is born.

Evan, a California native, lived in Nepal learning Nepalese and teaching English when he met Roshan, his now business partner. Roshon went on to marry Hailey, another friend and all three ended up in Portland to start the cart. Momos are steamed Himalayan dumplings and are available throughout Nepal from carts similar to the Momo Cart they crafted from a bike trailer here in Portland. Many parts of the cart were salvaged from one place or another in order to create something unique. Hailey even pointed out the timber bamboo on the corners that they harvested from the neighbor’s yard.

Vegan Himalayan Dumplings from Momo Cart

Vegan Himalayan Dumplings from Momo Cart

On the menu at Momo Cart you can get chicken, vegan or chard n’ cheese momos. At Last Thursday on Alberta, the vegan dumplings were hot and ready, so they plated them up for me. Using sugarcane based compostable plates, the boys learned that if they placed the hot steamed dumpling directly atop, they would stick to the plate. To mitigate that, they spread their secret chutney on the plate first as a bed for the tasty morsels. Each plate is five dumplings and served with a dollop of said chutney in the center. The vegan momo comes with carrot, cabbage, onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, cumin, tumeric, salt and pepper. Such a great mix of flavors. The ginger, tumeric and cumin blend well with the veggies which still have a crunch and fresh farm flavor. These dumplings are amazing.

Momo Cart is one of those elusive mobile carts you have to track down to enjoy. While they were spending their summers at local parks, come fall, they will switch it up, so follow them on Facebook for up to date locations and times. If you see them on their bikes rolling down the street, wave and say hi. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

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Twitter: @MomoCart
Facebook: MomoCartPDX

Himalayan Food

Lizzy Caston

Location: NW Quimby and 19th (Q19 Pod)
Hours: Mon-Fri  11:30 am – 3pm

The Story: Although I consider myself fairly well versed in cuisines familiar and obscure, I’m not super familiar with Himalayan Food. Yes, we know “Himalayan Food” does not refer to a single country or culture, although yes, it is often food from Nepal, Tibet, parts of India, and even the tiny country of Bhutan.  Certainly there must be regional differences in the loosely coined “Himalayan Food” just as much as there are regional differences in the foods of, say Italy or China.

Thank goodness for Google to get me up to speed on this wonderful cuisine. There are, judging from the excitement we hear from Portland food lovers whenever the words “Himalayan Food” are mentioned, quite a few Himalayan food fans out there. And it is indeed a tasty cuisine with influences from China, India, the Middle East and even SE Asia. All our favorite cuisines rolled into one!

Thukpa – A traditional beef noodle soup from Himalayan Cuisine.

Enter the straightforward named Himalayan Food cart in Portland. This clean and austere white cart is indeed straightforward in both décor and food, but there’s nothing wrong with that. The menu is small and simple, but contains freshly made vittles with wonderful heady spice-route seasonings: Rice and Vegetable Plates (meat can be added if you wish), Stir Fry Noodles, and a traditional noodle and meat soup known as Thukpa.

Momos – Traditional Himalayan Cuisine Dumplings.

What the Himalayan Food cart seems to have though that everyone loves: MOMOS! Just letting the words roll off the tongue is a delight. Let’s all say it together MOE-MOE. These round dumplings, a bit bigger than a golf ball but smaller than a racquetball, are the cousin to what most people know as Chinese potstickers, with seasonings that run more akin to the flavors of Northern Indian food . Stuffed with meats or veggies, the Momos here are steamed, hearty, and come as either Lang-Sha Momo (minced beef and vegetable with herbs) or  Shogok Momo (potato with herbs). Served with a side salad, and a traditional zippy red chili laced sauce known as Achar sauce, the plate of 8 Momos is quite generous here and makes for a filling lunch.

We are constantly blown away by the new discoveries daily in Portland’s always growing and changing food cart scene. Himalayan Food, another great cart bringing terrific foreign foods to Portland.

Sample Menu:

  • Lang-Sha Momo – beef and vegetable dumplings – $6.95
  • Shogok Momo – potato and vegetable dumplings – $6.95
  • Chow Chow – fried noodles and veggies (chicken or vegetarian) – $6.50
  • Thukpa – beef and veggie noodle soup – $4.90

Hours: Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3 pm