Fuego de Lotus is a Venezuelan food cart located in the D-Street Noshery food pod in Portland, Oregon.
I ordered their pork belly arepa ($6): pork belly stewing in a red chili maple sauce, topped with pickled onions, cilantro, and cotija cheese. Just amazing food presentation!
|Pork belly arepa|
The succulent pork belly and the sweet red chili maple sauce produce an amazing marriage. The pickled red onions, salty cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro produced several layers of flavor. A delicious flavor-balanced arepa!
Of course, I just had to pick up this bad boy and eat it like a taco. Success...sorta. The thick, toasted corn cake held most of the pork belly and toppings inside. I sopped up the last of that red chili maple sauce with whatever corn cake I had left! A very nice portion for $6.
Honestly, the sweetness in the red chili maple sauce could have been toned down just a tad. But that's really nitpicking on my part...it's still delicious.
Fuego de Lotus also has a house-made habanero sauce, but I didn't think it added anything to my experience. It's still great that they offered it, though!
I can see why people have given Fuego de Lotus positive reviews. The pork belly arepa was a smash hit, and I look forward to my next trip here. 8.25/10