(Second Review -- March 2012)
Prickly Ash is a Chinese-inspired street food cart located at the Mississippi Marketplace food pod (corner of N Mississippi and Skidmore) in Portland, Oregon. They currently occupy the same cart Garden State worked out of.
|Karen and Scott on opening night!|
FYI, the customer is Jamey, the cart owner at Burgatroyd
|Opening night menu (2/2/12)|
The menu at Prickly Ash consists of various Chinese flatbread sandwiches and noodle soups. Karen and Scott make each flatbread by hand, and it is similar to a tortilla.
I scanned the menu and came across Bruce Lee. A sandwich named after the martial arts legend, I reckon. No one messed with this guy. So therefore, I didn't delay any further and ordered this sandwich. The "Bruce Lee Mo" (mo meaning sandwich...?) has "char siu pork belly, avocado, Napa cabbage, basil-cilantro aioli, sriracha aioli, and cotija cheese, topped with pickled chilies." A darn nice deal for $5.50.
|Bruce Lee Mo|
The myriad of flavors forced me to sit down. It's like that one-inch punch...one bite and BOOM, down for the count. The pork belly was incredible, moist and pelting my taste buds with calming, slightly savory-sweet tones. The cabbage added a bit of crunch, the pickled chiles a cool zest. Creamy avocado, so heartwarming. Should I have been born in California? The refreshing (yet non-spicy to me) aiolis tag-teamed on me, not fair! They punched, kicked, swept, did handstands and one-finger pushups.
Two bites in, I paused and took my much-needed breather. Hmm. That was cool! Being the fearless beast I am, I polished that Bruce Lee Mo off -- very carefully.
I'll ask for something spicier next time. Bruce Lee doesn't need help with extra heat. If mega spice and Bruce Lee teamed up on me, I'd be a dead panda. But I'll die happy!