Food Cart Matta Is Vietnamese Soul Food, Lost and Found

The NE Alberta cart serves up super-homey dishes, braised catfish to pandan doughnuts.

By Karen Brooks 2/26/2019 at 10:10am Published in the March 2019 issue of Portland Monthly

Sometimes, super-homey family recipes turn up where you least expect them. Case in point: a gravel-pitted, electrical cord-strewn, NPR-soundtracked parking lot on NE Alberta Street. That’s where “Vietnamese soul food” cart Matta (2314 NE Alberta St) set up shop last November.

Matta’s soup smells like pork and caramel perfume, and the delicate nuoc cham pops with fish sauce, shallots, a few brain-zapping chiles, and a family secret: coconut soda.


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