Saturday, May 5, 2012

New Taste of India

New Taste of India is a food cart located near the corner of SW 9th and Washington in downtown Portland, Oregon. This was the second Indian food cart I went to on my 4/23 food adventure. After Real Taste of India hit a home run with their chicken vindaloo, how would New Taste fare?

New Taste of India and Real Taste of India are very similar. Each cart has a number of menu choices, separate five-item meat and vegetarian lunch specials, and large portions to justify the price tag.

An American woman took my order here. I thought she did a great job overall. There were other workers inside the cart cooking up orders, especially if it wasn't a lunch special.

Again, I went with Chicken Vindaloo ($7.50), requested extra spicy. The sauce had ginger, garlic, onion, and a bit of vinegar. I waited a few minutes for my order. I noticed that any people ordering lunch specials (either meat or vegetarian) were taken care of right away; the dishes were all ready for serving near the front of the cart. I didn't mind, since I knew my vindaloo would come fresh.

Some similarities continued on plating. A bed of basmati on the bottom, vindaloo on the top. The food was piping hot, which already made me smile. Then the folks here added more diced white raw onion and chopped cilantro on top. Yup, even happier panda!

Chicken Vindaloo
(New Taste of India)
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Another cart, another delicious vindaloo. Lovely flavor, good spice. There were more potato chunks than chicken pieces here. The combination of spicy food and mid-70s weather got me sweating a bit. My taste buds picked up the spice, but still refused to bow down to the heat.

It's a bit of a tough call, but I think Real Taste of India wins this Chicken Vindaloo battle. More chicken (and bigger chunks) at Real Taste, not to mention the cheaper price. That's just one battle, though. Everyone has their favorite, and there are more menu items to try.

I'd love to come back to this cart in the future if I had another Indian food craving. I urge you to check this place out as well! 8/10

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