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5 Filipino restaurants to visit in the Portland area

KOIN Portland logo KOIN Portland 1/18/2022 Gabby Urenda
5 Filipino restaurants to visit in the Portland area © Provided by KOIN Portland 5 Filipino restaurants to visit in the Portland area

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) - With Portland having a diverse food scene, KOIN 6 News put together a list of Filipino restaurants to check out in the area.

According to the Pew Research Center, the Filipino population in the U.S. has increased since the turn of the century. The population grew from 2,365,000 in 2000 to 4,211,000 in 2019.

AM Extra celebrates Filipino American History Month

Filipino cuisine can vary from popular dishes such as lumpia — fresh or fried spring rolls — to baked goods such as pandesal, a common bread roll in the Philippines.

Here are five Filipino restaurants or bakeries to visit in the Portland area:

#1. Allie G’s Pastries

Ube sticky rolls available at Allie G’s Pastries in Portland. (Courtesy: Alexandria Guevarra) © Provided by KOIN Portland Ube sticky rolls available at Allie G’s Pastries in Portland. (Courtesy: Alexandria Guevarra)

As a first-generation Filipina, Alexandria (Allie) Guevarra runs a one-woman "Filipinx" baked foods pop-up.

"Created out of necessity for representation of Pinoy culture, Allie G’s Pastries re-imagines classic Filipinx dishes into sweet & savory pies and handheld goodies," according to Guevarra's website.

At her pop-ups, you'll find chicken adobo pot pie, ube sticky rolls and other baked goods. Guevarra's next pop-up shop will be from 9-1 p.m. on Saturday, January 22 at the Hollywood Farmer's Market.

The owner suggests for people to visit her website for more pop-up hours and locations.

#2. Hunny Beez

Hunny Beez food truck in Portland offers an Adobo Beef plate, which includes tender beef cooked in Adobo sauce and pineapple. It also comes with a choice of lumpia and two sides. (Courtesy: Hunny Beez LLC) © Provided by KOIN Portland Hunny Beez food truck in Portland offers an Adobo Beef plate, which includes tender beef cooked in Adobo sauce and pineapple. It also comes with a choice of lumpia and two sides. (Courtesy: Hunny Beez LLC)

American Filipino fusion is what Hunny Beez food truck is all about.

The restaurant includes slow smoked pork and charbroiled marinated chicken and grain-fed Angus beef.

Hunny Beez is located on 910 East 1st Street in Newberg.

#3. Baon Kainan

Vegan tofu “bistek” bowl available at Baon Kainan in Portland. According to the restaurant’s Instagram, this is a vegan take on “bistek Tagalong” or “beef steak” (Courtesy: Baon Kainan) © Provided by KOIN Portland Vegan tofu “bistek” bowl available at Baon Kainan in Portland. According to the restaurant’s Instagram, this is a vegan take on “bistek Tagalong” or “beef steak” (Courtesy: Baon Kainan)

Baon Kainan’s website describes the cuisine as traditional Filipino food made in not so traditional ways.

“Our goal is to share our perspective on Filipino food through the lens of Filipino-Americans,” Baon Kainan’s website said. “Growing up predominantly in the U.S. and having a Filipino heritage makes our story unique but common to what second and third-generation Filipinos have experienced.”

Baon Kainan is located in Northeast Portland.

#4. St. Barbara Pinoy Bakery

Pandesal and chicken/beef empanadas available at St. Barbra Pinoy Bakery in Portland.(Courtesy: Bob Osilla) © Provided by KOIN Portland Pandesal and chicken/beef empanadas available at St. Barbra Pinoy Bakery in Portland.(Courtesy: Bob Osilla)

In Southwest Portland, St. Barbra Pinoy Bakery offers fresh and local Filipino baked goods. The bakery said on its website that it was founded on serving the Filipino-American community.

Other breads and pastries available include pan de coco, ensaymada and hopia baboy.

“The bakery continues to develop delicious creations using flavors and ingredients found in the Philippines,” St. Barbra Pinoy Bakery’s website said. “Something to remember home by.”

#5. Magna Kusina

Ginisang Alimasag is a dish available at Magna PDX. The dish includes whole Dungeness crab, crab fat sarsa, bok cho and Meyer lemons. (Courtesy: Magna PDX) © Provided by KOIN Portland Ginisang Alimasag is a dish available at Magna PDX. The dish includes whole Dungeness crab, crab fat sarsa, bok cho and Meyer lemons. (Courtesy: Magna PDX)

Magna Kusina, located in Southeast Portland, is a Filipino restaurant run by chef Carlo Lamagna.

“Lamagna plays with the cuisine of his childhood, incorporating techniques and tricks he picked up in Chicago farm-to-table favorites,” the restaurant said on its website.

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