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Koi Fusion PDX
Bridgeport Village in Tigard
Seeking out food carts is about variety. I shared recently about how diverse the food carts are in Portland. If I am in charge of where we are going, I will choose a place that does something I wouldn’t normally do at home.
I recently did a giveaway to a Cheese Plate food cart because they serve a full on cheese platter with homemade crackers, spreads, four kinds of Oregon cheeses and truffles. Plus she makes grilled cheese sandwiches with chocolate in them. I would never spend the money to buy all that cheese for home, but I do love to sample it. Some food carts are more ordinary, so that’s when I seek out some twist they might have or a fun outing, like the Grilled Cheese Grill.
Then there are places like Koi Fusion. I have been to Koi Fusion quite a few times. I love the pricing and I love the selection. If you have not been it does seem a little odd at first. I mean you see that they offer tacos and burritos, but then you realize that the meat choices are Korean. Don’t be scared away, give it a try.
I personally love the tacos. It’s the right amount of flavor going on and you can take it all in. If you desire more flavor you can pay extra and have some Kimchi added. I personally don’t like Kimchi, but I have friends that do and they say this is a great added flavor.
Not only are the tacos good, but for me 2 tacos is just enough. I like a variety too, so I always get the Bulgogi Beef and the Pork. At $2.50 each I feel like this is a great, quick meal on the go and it is something I wouldn’t normally make at home. If I did make it at home I surely wouldn’t fix two meat options.
I have had the burrito, I don’t love it, only because the great mix of flavors get lost with the rice and the flour tortilla. That’s just my opinion — my husband loves it and gets it every time. It does cost $7.50, but it is large enough that you could share it, making it an affordable meal.
As odd as it sounds you can also get a side of Sweet Potato Fries. They were fantastic, but I’m a sucker for Sweet Potato Fries. It didn’t exactly seem like the right side dish to my tacos, but I ate them anyways.
Remember, food carts are small business owners, so you won’t find fast food prices but here’s great money saving tip for all Food Carts — take along your own water. Some pods have water stations that you can fill up at, others charge for bottled water. So just to be safe, I bring my own since water is my drink of choice and free.
Koi Fusion Highlights:
:: Atmosphere at the Bridgeport location is a very lively because it’s a mall. They offer outdoor seating and covered seating in the off season.
:: Pricing is really good for tacos, a little high for burritos, although they are large.
:: Service is always great. They are good with helping you order since it is a little different.
:: The Bridgeport Village location offers water cups for free, not sure of the other locations.
Koi Fusion has several stationary and mobile locations throughout the Portland Metro area. Check their website for a schedule.
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