Satay Indonesia

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Satay Indonesia

Satay Indonesia

Location: SW 9th and Alder
Hours: Monday-Saturday, lunch and dinner

The Story: If you’ve traveled in Southeast Asia, when you hear the word satay, maybe you wax poetic about a certain vendor or the exotic smells of the streets. When I think of satay, I am reminded of the pile of sticks laying there after we devoured so many little morsels of grilled meat. Satay Indonesia is one of the newest carts in the Alder pod bringing skewered meats to the streets of Portland.

Satay or sate is a dish which originated in Java, Indonesia and is made up of seasoned skewered and grilled meat. Or as they say at the cart, “a bite of heaven on a stick.” Satay Indonesia sources local beef, chicken and pork and also offers organic tempeh and tofu for vegetarians. For $5, you get a full plate with five skewers, rice, marinated cucumber salad and grilled veggies. A good portion of food for the price. I got a mix of chicken, pork and beef and asked for some daily special lemongrass coconut curry sauce to top the rice. That first bite of succulent grilled pork had a hint of coconut sweetness. The chicken almost fell of the stick. The lemongrass curry sauce with the rice – divine. Finish everything with a simple marinated cucumber slice – cold and sweet. I enjoyed every last bit.

Satay from Satay Indonesia

Satay from Satay Indonesia

Satay Indonesia is open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, yet sell out almost daily. If you’re in the mood for something new or just like meat on a stick, check them out and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Individual Satay – $1
  • Sate Lunch – 5 satay with spicy long beans and steamed rice or with salad – $5

Phone: 5034596477
Facebook: Satay Indonesia

Tony’s Cucina

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Tony’s Cucina

Location: SW 9th and Alder
Hours: weekdays, lunch

The Story: What’s that phrase – for every door that closes, another opens? It seems the story of the ever evolving street food scene in Portland. Just as you fall in love with one vendor, they close and you’re faith in food is dashed. Lucky for us, when the previous owner vacated, Tony’s Cucina opened offering something special.

Tony Velasquez open his cucina early this year with a menu of Mexican/Italian fusion cuisine. After spending a quarter century in the medical field, he jumped ship and went to culinary school. When a friend asked if he wanted to try out a cart, Tony took the leap. The menu is inspired by childhood favorites  – the best foods his mom use to make. Everything is made from scratch with care.

Sonoran Hot Dog from Tony’s Cucina

Tony lived in Arizona for twenty years where his love for the Sonoran dog came about. While there are different approaches on how to create this dish, Tony’s approach was to work with fellow fans to craft a signature dog in the style. Starting out with a bacon-wrapped dog on the grill, the bun from An-Xuyen, is sliced open just enough to hold the dog, beans, cheese, lettuce and tomato and then topped with a grilled jalapeno. It was so beautifully presented, I didn’t want to eat it. I will warn you, if you take that first bite, watch out for the pepper to roll off onto your hand, then your shirt, then the table. Lucky for me, I caught it before it hit the ground. The spice of the pepper mixed with the creamy beans, veggies and that dog create a wonderful mix of flavors. The bun is superb, one of the better buns out there with just enough chew, but not doughy.

Tony’s Cucina is a great new addition to the 10th and Alder lot. While there are other Mexican vendors, no one is doing the Sonoran dog nor are they offering dishes like an enchilada casserole. He will even make you a Cuban coffee. Drop on by next time you’re looking for something new and let Tony know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Squishy Taco – corn tortilla dipped in hot oil with chicken, steak or chorizo – $2
  • Fish Taco – $2.50
  • Enchilada Casserole w/ rice and beans – $7
  • Quesadilla – $2.50
  • Tortilla Dog – grilled hot dog wrapped in flour tortilla with cheese – $1
  • Sonoran Hot Dog – $6

Hours: Weekdays, lunchtime
Facebook: Tony’s Cucina

Eastern Thai

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Eastern Thai

Eastern Thai

Location: SW 9th and Alder
Hours: daily, lunch

Thai cuisine.

La Jarochita 2

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Location: SW 9th and Alder
Hours: lunchtime, Mon-Sat

The Story: La Jarochita, one of Portland’s favorite mobile vendors, has expanded to SW 9th and Alder. Mexican at its best.

Egyptian Food

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Egyptian Food

Egyptian Food

Location: SW 9th and Alder
Hours: daily, 11-4

The Story:

When you sit down to name your business, you want the name to mean something and tell the consumer what you do. Egyptian Food is the name of the cart and that is what they do.

Falafel from Egyptian Food

Falafel from Egyptian Food

Mohammed, the owner and chef took one of the oldest carts on the block and converted it to his own style of kitchen so he could create and serve fresh Egyptian cuisine. Speaking with him, he stressed that his food is made to order and that the best tastes come from freshly made items. An example is the fava bean falafel he dropped in the fryer. He stood there, watched them, poked them and waited until the precise moment to pull them out. When I saw the golden brown nugget, I almost asked to skip the sandwich and just give me the falafel. The sandwich, falafel on a bed of lettuce, with tomatoes, tzatziki, some hummus and cucumbers was wrapped in a lightly grilled pita. Some of the best falafel I have had in town. I even offered some up to another food cart owner who simply stood there and chewed, amazed at how fresh and delicious it was. I’m excited to try other items on the menu now.

Egyptian Food is now open and you can’t miss them right on the corner of SW 9th and Alder. The cart they are in has some rich history going back 20 years having hosted an Indian purveyor, Italian espresso and most recently, gourmet pork sandwiches. Stop on by for some Egyptian food and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Fish, chicken, lamb, falafel over rice platter: $7
  • Kafta over rice platter: $8
  • Lamb, chicken gyro: $5
  • Falafel sandwich: $5
  • Kafta sandwich: $6

Hours: daily, lunchtime

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