Eggrollin’!

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Eggrollin’!

Location: Shelton, WA
Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-7pm

The Story: Dark, a bit of fog and the need to stop for smoked salmon in Taylor Towne off HWY 101 brought us to Eggrollin’! the other night. We were getting back on the highway when we spotted the sign – Got Lumpia? We didn’t, so we stopped.

Rojo from Eggrollin'!

Rojo from Eggrollin’!

Rojo Castillo stood there in the brightly lit cart on this dark night in the middle of what we would call nowhere. In the daytime, one would see he is parked next to the local drive-in movie theater which provides him steady summer business. Rojo’s story is similar to those I hear from many food cart owners. Having spent many years in another industry, he came to open the cart after a change in jobs which afforded him the opportunity to chase a lifelong dream. When he and his wife married twenty some odd years ago, he remembers talking about opening a Filipino restaurant. Twenty years later his dream came true and my belly was happy he did.

At Eggrollin’, Rojo offers lumpias, pancit bowls and chicken adobo over rice. I’m always up for trying everything, so we picked up a combo with all three items along with a veggie-tofu lumpia. A lumpia is a fried spring roll with influences from Asia but also colonial Spanish. The combo was huge, with more than I could eat in once sitting. Luckily, snacktime arrived only a couple hours later and I could finish it all off. The chicken, moist and flavorful over sticky rice. The lumpia – I could eat those for hours. Every bite was enjoyable. I wish he were closer to Portland.

Rojo has been serving up his Filipino dishes in and around the Shelton and O-Lumpia area now for a couple of years, so if you’re from there, you should seek him out for your next event or catering gig. A great guy with a welcoming smile and a hearty laugh. Next time you’re on a road trip to the Olympics, take a detour off 101 and pay him a visit. Let Rojo know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Lumpia – $1 – beef, chicken, veggie-tofu or Lumpia Shanghai
  • Pancit Bowl – $5
  • Chicken Adobo over Rice – $5
  • Turon – $1
  • Combo plates range from $6-8

Phone: 360 463 9266
Facebook: Eggrollin’!

Kain Tayo

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Kain Tayo

Kain Tayo

Location: SE 82nd and Brooklyn
Hours: Wed-Mon, 10:30am-10pm

The Story:

Let’s Eat! Kain Tayo! No need to translate. When you hear about a cart that is named after a welcoming phrase, you gotta go check it out.

Kain Tayo does indeed translate to Let’s Eat in Tagalog. When you visit a Filipino home, instead of being offered a drink, you are welcomed in with food. And similar to “how are ya?” they will proclaim Kain Tayo. The cart and menu is the work of PJ and Auginne Alphonso. I’ve only experienced a bit of Filipino cuisine in my days of eating, but know from looking at the diverse and extensive menu that the chef, PJ, is bringing us some authentic treats.

Sisig from Kain Tayo

Sisig from Kain Tayo

Menus with pictures draw me in, especially when the types of offerings are foreign to me. If I had seen a list of items without the pictures, I would have probably ended up with something like chicken and rice. Instead, I opted for the delightful looking Sisig –  pork meat sauteed in soy sauce, vinegar, onion, lime and spices. At their recommendation, I added on rice to make it a full meal. I ordered by sight, but there was pause from the chef. A look. “Do you know what Sisig is?” Me, “nope.” Pig ear. Hmm. Sure, I’ll try anything once. And try I did. I enjoyed this dish as much as I would have not knowing that it was pig ear. Succulent, sweet, a bit spicy mixed with the acidity of the lime. I loved the chopped onion throughout that still retained a bit of crunch. As I say to most anyone new to street food, order something you have never had, it will turn out to be a fun and tasty adventure.

Kain Tayo is located on SE 82nd at Brooklyn, just north of Powell Blvd. The brightly painted cart can’t be missed. If you’re a late eater, you’re in luck – they stay open until 10pm. Drop on by and check out the great menu and enjoy some Filipino dishes. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Pork Adobo – $6.50
  • Pancit Bihon – rice noodles sauteed in soy sauce and mixed vegetables – $7.50
  • Kare-Kare – beef & vegetables in peanut sauce – $10
  • Fried Tilapia – $7.50
  • Laing – taro leaves in coconut milk – $7
  • Lumpiang Shanghai – pork egg roll – $3 for 6 pieces
  • Bopis – pork meat cooked in tomato base and spices – $7.50
  • Lechon Kawali – deep fried pork belly with lechon sauce – $7.50
  • Tocilog – sweet marinated pork with garlic fried rice and egg – $6
  • Sisig – $7.50
  • Pancit Palabok – rice noodles topped with boiled pork, chicharron, tinapa flakes, tofu, fried garlic and green onions – $9.40

Hours: Wed-Mon, 10:30am-10pm
Facebook: Kain Tayo

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Inasal Filipino BBQ

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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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Kusina sa Gulong

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Edna's Philippine Cuisine

Edna’s Philippine Cuisine

Location: SE 52nd and Foster

Hours: lunchtime, weekdays and weekends

The Story:

Philippine Cuisine featuring pork adobo, tilapia with steamed vegetables, chicken afritada and other delights. More details coming soon.

 

Philippine Cuisine

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Philippine Cuisine

Philippine Cuisine

Location: SE 102nd and Stark
Hours: Fri-Wed, 11am-8pm, closed Thursdays

The Story:

A Philippine food cart in SE Portland serving up signature dishes like lumpia, chicken adobo, curry chicken, curry shrimp and other Philippine delights.

Sample Menu:

  • Caldereta: sauteed beef, similar to beef stew – $7
  • Lecheon Paksiw: roasted pork in sweet and sour sauce – $8
  • Sweet and Sour Fish: fried fish filet in sweet and sour sauce – $6
  • Lumpia: ground beef and vegetables wrapped in a wheat wrapper – 3 for $2
  • Chicken Adobo: chicken sauteed in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and onions – $6

Hours: Fri-Wed, 11am-8pm, closed Thursdays
Phone: 971 506 8367

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