Among many things, one of my main draws to visiting Portland was the food, and especially the food truck scene. Empty parking lots are being taken over daily by mobile food vendors offering cuisine from all over the world. This ain’t your regular hot dog stand or taco truck, this is gourmet on the go. These circuits of trucks are called “pods”, and these pods are popping up in every corner of the city.
Viking Soul Food. The sign on the Streamline RV says “Grand Opening”, and I realize, this place has only been open for a week! Plus, what the heck is Viking Soul Food? As I read the menu, I realize that they are making Norwegian comfort food, something I’ve never had, so I must try.
The menu holds a variety of lefses. I had to ask what it was, and she told me that it is Norwegian flat bread made from potatoes. Out of the 6 sweet and savory options of wraps, I chose the one with smoked salmon, dill crème fraiche, pickled shallots, and watercress. The lefse reminded me of a thick crepe, but I really enjoyed it’s heartiness to be able to keep all the elements inside and be eaten like a burrito. Dill, cream and salmon is one of my favorite combinations, but to add to briny shallots with the bitter, fresh watercress swooned me into submission. I couldn’t believe that this little $4 wrap could pack such a punch of fresh, intoxicating flavors. It was one of the best things I ate in Portland.