This is one of the best carts in Portland. This long-standing corner food cart is the first Korean cart on the pod. Before the taco/Korean craze, before most caught on to how *good* Korean food is, this place was dishing up inexpensive portions of spicy pork over rice with fantastic glass noodles punctuated with sesame oil. I've been going to this cart for the better part of five years and everything, and I mean everything, is great. The ladies working there are sweet and friendly, and no matter what you get, you're going to be happy. Everything on the menu is $6.50 to $9.00. The galbi short ribs and combos using those short ribs are on the upper end of the price scale. They're worth it. Scores: Time: This is sort of a standard. You roll up, you order, in 5-10 minutes, you have food, then you eat. That's exactly what we did. Value-5 Gut check at 3pm: Fine. Look meat and rice for $6.50 at the portions that they give you are simply satisfying. And I can't praise the glass noodles enough. Sustainability-2 They use GoBox, and that's about it. Fear Factor-2 For the uninitiated, a pile of red-hued "spicy" pork could be off-putting. But I've never worried about the safety or quality of the food here. Again, it's been in business forever, in food cart years. Staying Power-5 This cart is a grandfather. It is popular, wonderful, and deserving of its corner status. Creativity-2 From a Korean standpoint, this isn't too creative. But compared to Thai and gyros, this is *much* more creative. The sauces and flavors are different than all of the other meat/rice carts around, and they just do it *so well*.
Cedric J. on Nov 24, 2014