Saturday, November 19, 2011

Noah's Filipino Food 2 Go

UPDATE: On 12/8/11, Food Carts Portland announced this cart is for rent

Noah's Filipino Food 2 Go is located near the corner of SW 9th and Alder in downtown Portland, Oregon. They are likely the first Filipino food cart in Portland -- I have no recollection of any others that preceded them. Noah's opened its doors to the public in mid-September 2011.

Menu (late October 2011)

Basically, Noah's offers 10 regular items, six dessert items (all but the Turon served one day out of the week), and about 2-3 specials.

I ordered the Chicken Apritada ($7). Basically, it's a Filipino chicken stew, with two bone-in pieces of dark-meat chicken (I got one drumstick and one thigh), slowly simmered in a stew with various vegetables like onions, potatoes, red bell peppers, carrots, and peas. It comes with one scoop of steamed white rice and pancit (clear Filipino noodles sauteed with vegetables).

Chicken Apritada (Noah's Filipino Food 2 Go)
The dish looked appealing from the start, a colorful dish with the red bell pepper, the potato, the peas, etc. The moist chicken was succulent and fell off the bone without too much effort. That bone imparts more flavor into the meat, and each bite brought an extra wave of comfort to my stomach.

The pancit from Noah's is similar to chow mein, but with thinner noodles. The vegetables were sauteed nicely and retained a lovely crunch.

If you're looking for a light snack, people have raved about the lumpia at Noah's. At $1.50 each, it's likely a much cheaper route to go -- unless you get addicted to them and order about 20 more after you eat your first one.

Noah's has six desserts. One is served every day, while the other five rotate and are sold one day a week.

Turon ($1.50): Served every day
Cassava Cake ($2.50): Served every Monday
Royal Bibingka ($2.50): Served every Tuesday
Leche Flan ($2.50): Served every Wednesday
Maja Blanca ($2.50): Served every Thursday
Kutchinta ($2.50): Served every Friday

I had a great first experience at Noah's. If you've got a craving for Filipino food -- or want to know what it tastes like -- hit up Noah's in downtown Portland! 7/10

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