Sunday, May 19, 2013

Fiji Indian Curry

Fiji Indian Curry is located near the corner of NE Alberta and 23rd Ave. in Portland, Oregon. I stopped by on a gorgeous Monday evening in late April. Not a cloud in the sky...

I'm certain this is the same curry cart I visited at the 23rd-Alberta food pod last year, but just under a different name. The menu options here are fairly healthy, with numerous vegan options to choose from. There are also meat, chicken, and seafood options as well.

I got the Pumpkin Curry ($6.50), a vegan curry cooked with pureed pumpkin, ginger, garlic, yellow onion, and their homemade curry mix. It's served with dhal (a type of lentil stew) over a bed of basmati rice and a dollop of their tomato chutney.

Pumpkin Curry
(Fiji Indian Curry)

You can get any dish mild or spicy. I'm sure you know which one I chose.

I thought the curry had good flavor, with the pumpkin nicely pureed. The dhal underneath was also wonderfully prepared. A great job with the tomato chutney. Excellent job on the basmati rice.

Closeup of the tomato chutney
Their version of spicy might be so for the average person. I basically didn't notice and kept right on eating.

But frankly, I would have liked more curry and dhal covering that bed of rice. It may be shocking coming from a person born in Hawaii -- where rice is basically its own dang food group. But I just feel like I'd like more of the main dish.

I also tried a red chile paste served on the side. It has an explosive fruity taste with a slight kick on the back end.

Closeup of the red chile paste
Overall, it's a good-sized portion that should satisfy a normal eater. But we all know I'm far from normal.

The curry stir fry dishes sound very appealing. The menu states it's gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free. Basically their curry in coconut milk with veggies and optional choice of protein. Prices range from $6.75 to $8.50.

The curry fried rice also sounds like a winner. It's made to order and includes broccoli, carrots, ginger, garlic, yellow onion, and their homemade curry sauce. If adding your choice of protein, prices range from $7 to $9.

I've also heard positive comments on the Jackfruit Curry special and their Roti.

I think this food cart is still worth trying out. Perhaps next time I'll go with a curry fried rice dish or a curry stir fry. 6.5/10

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