Portland Cooks by Danielle Centoni

Portland Cooks: Recipes from the City's Best Restaurants and Bars by Danielle Centoni shares 80 recipes from 40 of Stumptown's (Portland, Oregon) most popular restaurants and bars. I am a huge fan of Figure 1 Publishing's Cooks and Eats series which includes: Montreal Cooks, Ottawa CooksCalgary Cooks, Winnipeg CooksEdmonton Cooks, Toronto Cooks, Toronto Eats and now Portland Cooks joins the pack. This series of cookbooks are divinely done with recipes that capture the pulse of each respective city. They will never leave my collection and we have another edition, Seattle Cooks will be coming out this September! 

In Portland Cooks, Figure 1 crosses over into the US for the first time. From the most modest and unassuming cafes to neighborhood joints to late-night cocktail bars, this book celebrates the pioneers, game-changers, upstarts, and torch-bearers who help put Portland on the culinary map. The recipes were designed with the home cook in mind but also provide a glimpse of what goes into each dish or cocktail. The profiles of the chefs and restaurants are spectacular. 

From Chilled tofu with scallions, cantaloupe, and hot bean paste; Foie Gras biscuits to cocktails to wash it all down and sweets to cap off a meal, this book paints a portrait of what makes Portland's cuisine so sought-after. I am a sucker for bánh mì and the resulting dish from the recipe for the Pork meatball bánh mì from Lardo is to die for. Not only is this title an incredible cookbook but makes a wonderful guide to some of the best chefs and restaurants in Portland. We had to cancel our vacation last year but we hope to get to Seattle and Portland this summer and many of the restaurants highlighted in this book are on my list - especially The Solo Club, Lardo, Olympia Provisions and The Country Cat (the latter two have great cookbooks and Lardo is on my cookbook dreams list). 

Special thanks to Figure1 for sharing Cana Flug's (from The Solo Club) Burmese chicken salad with us today. This is another recipe I tried a few months back and it is full of flavor, textures and pleased everyone in our family. This is not your mama's chicken salad. Please be sure to head down to the giveaway at the bottom of this article and enter for a chance to win a copy of this title as Figure 1 is giving two copies away one to a US member and another to a Canadian member. Meanwhile, make this salad - it will impress. 

Burmese chicken salad
Cana Flug, The Solo Club

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Serves 4

Every bite of this vibrant salad bursts with bright, herbaceous flavors. In fact, you might never want to make the usual mayonnaise-based chicken salad ever again. The oil from the fried shallots is used in the dressing, but you'll have some left over. Do as the Burmese do and save the flavorful oil to use in other dishes, like stir-fries, or drizzle it as a finishing oil. Or you can cheat and buy a tub of fried shallots at the Asian market.

Fried shallots and shallot oil ingredients

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 large shallots, thinly sliced

Poaching ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 carrot, cut into chunks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1 cup white wine

Salad ingredients

  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce (The Solo Club uses Red Boat brand)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 to 1 Thai red chile, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh Thai basil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped roasted peanuts

Fried shallots and shallot oil method

Heat canola oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots and fry for 10 minutes, until crisp and browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to paper towels to drain the excess oil. Season with salt.

Strain the oil through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any particles, and set both the fried shallots and the shallot oil aside.

Poaching method

Set chicken in an even layer in the bottom of a large saucepan. Add the garlic, carrot, bay leaf, peppercorns, and white wine. Add enough cold water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until cooked through and temperature reads 160°F on a meat thermometer. Remove from heat and allow to cool in the liquid before cutting or tearing into bite-size chunks.

Salad method

Place sliced shallots in a bowl and cover with cold water. Allow to soak for 10 minutes (this makes them fresh and crunchy with a less stringent flavor).

In a large bowl, whisk together lime juice, fish sauce, salt, 2 tablespoons of the reserved shallot oil, and chopped chile. Add cooked chicken and soaked shallots, tossing to coat. Allow to stand for 10 minutes. Taste and add more shallot oil or lime juice if desired. Add mint, cilantro, Thai basil, peanuts, and fried shallots. Toss to combine. Divide among plates and serve.

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Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • Karen.2018  on  1/28/2018 at 11:25 AM

    Oh I think I'd make Pumpkin Upside-Down Cake with Caramelized Pears!

  • lauriesk  on  1/28/2018 at 11:26 AM

    I would try the Power greens salad with root vegetables and miso dressing

  • rchesser  on  1/28/2018 at 11:32 AM

    Pork meatball bánh mì [RIck Gencarelli, Lardo/Grassa]

  • sug  on  1/28/2018 at 11:37 AM

    The Burmese Chicken Salad looks amazing.

  • lean1  on  1/28/2018 at 11:38 AM

    Fennel Salad with Candied Pecans sounds great

  • stef  on  1/28/2018 at 11:57 AM

    Grilled trout with scallop mousse

  • artthecat  on  1/28/2018 at 11:58 AM

    Dungeness crab chawanmushi.

  • mpdeb98  on  1/28/2018 at 1:26 PM

    Brown sugar and cocoa nib pound cake with brown butter icing

  • Kristjudy  on  1/28/2018 at 1:43 PM


  • Steben  on  1/28/2018 at 1:48 PM

    Toasted wheat berry salad with roasted squash, pickled currants, and hazelnuts

  • Karla123  on  1/28/2018 at 2:16 PM

    Power greens salad with root vegetables and miso dressing...a creative salad I would plate up anytime to fuel my day.

  • EmilyR  on  1/28/2018 at 2:44 PM

    I’ll be trying the chicken salad and also would love to make the blueberry and smoked cheddar beignets.

  • ktwalla  on  1/28/2018 at 2:45 PM

    Roasted Beet Salad with Charred Avocado and Smoked Pecans

  • jmay42066  on  1/28/2018 at 3:19 PM

    New Orleans BBQ shrimp

  • Rosesrpink50  on  1/28/2018 at 4:39 PM

    I would start with the Karaage.

  • eveaway  on  1/28/2018 at 4:57 PM

    Chilled tofu with scallions, cantaloupe, and hot bean paste!

  • mmstarla  on  1/28/2018 at 5:35 PM

    Wow, there are so many recipes that I would love to try. The first one being on my list is totally the Eggs Benedict with roasted garlic-rosemary potatoes [Cana Flug & Dustin Clark, Besaw's] ! Sounds delicious!

  • kmn4  on  1/28/2018 at 5:48 PM

    Salt cod croquetas

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  1/28/2018 at 7:27 PM

    The blueberry and smoked cheddar beignets with honey ice cream.

  • lpatterson412  on  1/28/2018 at 10:29 PM

    Three Spanish Tapas with Aioli

  • HelenB  on  1/28/2018 at 11:08 PM


  • AnnaZed  on  1/28/2018 at 11:28 PM

    Roasted beet salad with charred avocado and smoked pecans [Jesse Card & Ricky Bella, Bit House Saloon]

  • JRumi  on  1/29/2018 at 6:01 AM

    Bourbon molasses chicken

  • love2laf  on  1/29/2018 at 8:05 AM

    Burmese chicken salad

  • Lmocooks  on  1/29/2018 at 10:50 AM

    The pumpkin upside down cake sounds delicious

  • sammii04  on  1/29/2018 at 2:08 PM

    I like the sound of Eggs Benedict with roasted garlic-rosemary potatoes.

  • janv  on  1/29/2018 at 3:37 PM

    Char-grilled beef bavette with chimichurri and citrus aioli sounds divine.

  • lgroom  on  1/29/2018 at 4:25 PM

    Burboun molasses chicken.

  • vinochic  on  1/30/2018 at 1:10 PM

    Warm asparagus, scallion, and radish salad with lemon zest and crumbled feta

  • matag  on  1/30/2018 at 2:28 PM


  • sarahawker  on  1/30/2018 at 2:43 PM

    K23 cocktail

  • sgump  on  1/30/2018 at 4:17 PM

    For next autumn, the pumpkin upside-down cake with caramelized pears sounds luscious!

  • antpantsii  on  1/30/2018 at 5:06 PM

    New Orleans BBQ Shrimp!!

  • Sueskitchen  on  2/1/2018 at 9:29 AM

    roasted beets with avocado

  • cambridgecook  on  2/1/2018 at 10:47 AM

    green bean salad with creamy sunflower seeds

  • CucinaJohnina  on  2/1/2018 at 12:35 PM

    I will try every Osso buco that I come across. That will be first should I be lucky!

  • topdawg11  on  2/1/2018 at 12:41 PM

    Roasted beet salad with charred avocado and smoked pecans

  • Shelley.b  on  2/1/2018 at 7:31 PM

    Burmese chicken salad

  • ljsimmons  on  2/2/2018 at 12:25 AM

    Roasted beet salad with charred avocado and smoked pecans

  • hedder14  on  2/2/2018 at 8:49 AM

    Who wouldn't want to try Acadia’s bread pudding??

  • Scotsman61  on  2/2/2018 at 6:47 PM

    Pumpkin Upside-Down Cake with Caramelized Pears

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  2/3/2018 at 8:15 AM

    I would make the Grilled trout with scallop mousse and citrus-pink peppercorn vinaigrette.

  • schesshire  on  2/3/2018 at 6:46 PM

    Green bean salad with creamy sunflower seeds

  • t.t  on  2/3/2018 at 11:35 PM

    Moroccan poached eggs with garlic-rubbed levain

  • Laura1  on  2/4/2018 at 8:32 AM

    Power greens salad with root vegetables and miso dressing

  • ladybrooke  on  2/4/2018 at 1:47 PM

    I'd like to make the blueberry and smoked cheddar beignets with honey ice cream.

  • hillsboroks  on  2/4/2018 at 3:35 PM

    I would have to try the Vietnamese Duck Curry first.

  • maria411  on  2/5/2018 at 5:36 PM

    green bean salad with creamy sunflower seeds

  • Dannausc  on  2/5/2018 at 6:38 PM


  • LaurenE  on  2/5/2018 at 7:13 PM

    Fennel Salad with Candied Pecans

  • Signe  on  2/8/2018 at 1:56 PM

    Duck curry

  • jennycooks1971  on  2/8/2018 at 7:38 PM

    Chocolate chunk and roast hazelnut cookies

  • Execchef1225  on  2/9/2018 at 12:37 AM

    The duck curry sounds delish

  • AlaskaEll  on  2/9/2018 at 5:32 PM

    So many to choose from...I will probably start with either the Shepherd's Pie or Butterscotch Pudding....or maybe have both for my meal :)

  • ktpotat  on  2/9/2018 at 5:50 PM

    The Crawfish

  • RickPearson54  on  2/9/2018 at 6:00 PM


  • Shana.  on  2/9/2018 at 6:59 PM

    Aebleskiver with lemon curd

  • garrettsambo  on  2/9/2018 at 8:18 PM

    I would try the New Orleans BBQ shrimp.

  • Lucicat  on  2/9/2018 at 10:00 PM

    Bourbon glazed chicken

  • lisambb  on  2/10/2018 at 9:57 AM

    The Burmese chicken salad looks fabulous.

  • BMeyer  on  2/10/2018 at 10:04 AM

    Burmese chicken salad

  • tararr  on  2/10/2018 at 12:50 PM

    Roasted Beet Salad with Charred Avocado and Smoked Pecans

  • circ2000  on  2/10/2018 at 2:11 PM

    Bourbon molasses chicken

  • soffner  on  2/10/2018 at 7:51 PM

    New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp

  • choppergirl  on  2/11/2018 at 7:12 AM

    Eggs Benedict with roasted garlic-rosemary potatoes

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  2/11/2018 at 9:43 AM

    being a meat lover, would start with the grilled rib-eye steaks with shallot butter and fennel-delicata squash gratin found on page 32

  • PeavineBlues  on  2/11/2018 at 10:20 AM


  • verorenee  on  2/11/2018 at 2:05 PM

    Okonomiyaki with wild mushrooms

  • SkibumJH  on  2/13/2018 at 10:54 AM

    So, the Vietnamese Duck Curry sounds really good and I would definitely endeavor to make that, however in order to get through the recipe I would have to make the Scotch lodge cocktail first and sip on that while I ventured through lemongrass and confit duck legs.

  • Sfgordon  on  2/13/2018 at 8:13 PM

    blueberry and smoked cheddar beignets!

  • sequoia55  on  2/17/2018 at 2:09 PM

    Bourbon molasses chicken

  • JenJoLa  on  2/17/2018 at 3:30 PM

    Eggs Benedict with roasted garlic-rosemary potatoes

  • Siegal  on  2/18/2018 at 10:33 AM

    I want to make osso buco

  • FireRunner2379  on  2/18/2018 at 5:07 PM

    The Blueberry and smoked cheddar beignets with honey ice cream sound awesome!

  • SheenaSharp  on  2/25/2018 at 8:58 PM

    New Orleans BBQ shrimp, for sure.

  • HermionieG  on  2/27/2018 at 11:39 AM

    Burmese chicken salad

  • Julia  on  2/28/2018 at 10:50 PM


  • Cryambers  on  3/1/2018 at 9:44 AM

    Moroccan chicken with arugula salad

  • madelainelc  on  3/1/2018 at 3:53 PM

    Pumpkin upside down cake with caramelized pears. Which is a recipe available online so I may just go do that now!!!

  • orchidlady01  on  3/2/2018 at 8:19 AM

    Quinoa tabbouleh

  • LobsterloverLisa  on  3/2/2018 at 12:05 PM

    Sopa de Ajo is a favorite of mine. Hands down this is the first recipe I will make!

  • hibeez  on  3/2/2018 at 4:47 PM

    Roasted beet salad with charred avocado and smoked pecans

  • pcaradonna  on  3/2/2018 at 8:05 PM

    Quinoa tabbouleh

  • Terrill  on  3/3/2018 at 11:48 AM

    For sure the Roasted Beet Salad with Charred Avocado and smoked pecans.

  • maestra  on  3/3/2018 at 3:24 PM

    I would try Crispy rice cups with galangal cream (Kanom krok). Sounds intriguing -- a new technique for the flavors that I love!

  • RSW  on  3/4/2018 at 10:12 AM

    Quinoa tabbouleh [Doris Rodriguez de Platt, Peter Platt & John Platt, Andina]

  • Teruska  on  3/4/2018 at 3:04 PM

    Okonomiyaki with wild mushrooms ~ some of my favorite ingredients! And I have a fresh batch of sriracha!

  • jezpurr  on  3/6/2018 at 8:49 AM

    Pumpkin upside-down cake with caramelized pears!!!^_^

  • mightymhk  on  3/6/2018 at 4:08 PM

    Okonomiyaki with wild mushrooms

  • Jenamarie  on  3/8/2018 at 9:36 AM

    Smoked black cod with charred leeks and blackened radishes

  • Vanderjane  on  3/8/2018 at 12:19 PM

    Arroz Negro

  • Kristjudy  on  3/8/2018 at 12:38 PM

    Oh the chicken salad sounds great.

  • ejsimpson  on  3/8/2018 at 12:41 PM

    Dungeness crab chawanmushi

  • Joy001  on  3/8/2018 at 12:54 PM

    Pork meatball bánh mì

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