Location: N Vancouver and Fremont
Hours: Tues-Sat, 11:30am-8pm
The Story: I had the pleasure of attending the World Street Food Congress this past June in Singapore. While there, I enjoyed so many different types of street food, it was difficult to keep track of what was what. One specific item I kept returning for was satay. Beautifully marinated meat on sticks straight from the grill. Stix, a new cart in North Portland has both satay and roots in Singapore. And they are down the street from where I live.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Stix owner Issa who was born and raised in Oregon, yet has a grandmother in Singapore and has visited regularly. Growing up with such rich food traditions, she doesn’t necessarily peg her satay as just Singaporean. She sees her menu as Asian fusion. An example of that is the creamy avocado chimichurri which has Malaysian roots. She recently added an pulled pork dish and plans to add curries and weekly specials. I asked about the famous Singaporean chili crab and she smiled, stating she would be featuring it sometime soon.
If you see photos of Asian street food vendors, there is usually a long wood fired or coal fired grill with hundreds of short skewers of meat roasting away. At Stix, Issa grills them to order, no open coals here. You can get chicken marinated in coriander and spices, beef cooked with coconut milk, garlic, shallots and sweet soy sauce or tofu glazed with sesame teriyaki and kecap manis, a sweet soy sauce. A Bento Box, the cart’s signature, comes with four skewers over basmati rice or a spring mix salad and served with cucumber salad or wasabi slaw. I opted for a mini bento with two beef skewers atop the spring mix. The garlic and shallots accented the seared beef well with a bite of cool cucumber salad mixed in to break up the salty and savory flavors. The salad bed soaked up the meat juices from the satay to provide an indirect dressing. Issa provided a vinaigrette, yet it wasn’t needed. A small size, but enough to satisfy an eater like me.
I’m excited to see new vendors come to my neighborhood and see the lot at Fremont and Vancouver continue to evolve and diversify. Having expereinced the rich flavors of Singapore, I’m even more excited to have Stix close to home. Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Drop on by and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
Bento Box comes with 4 skewers over basmati rice or spring mix salad with sauces and cucumber salad or wasabi slaw. A mini Bento comes with 2 skewers.
- Chicken – $8
- Beef – $9
- Tofu - $7
Phone: (541) 292-3911
Facebook: Stix Food Cart