Raising funds for Ukraine with food carts from the Salem area to New Orleans

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On any sundae

The South Salem retro-themed ice cream shop officially opened its second West Salem location on April 2. The new location is smaller than the first on Commercial Street and walk-in only. The parlor offers a selection of 20 flavors of ice cream, as well as shaved ice, chocotacos and more.

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Currently, hours are noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, with expanded hours once warmer weather arrives.

Address: 1124 Edgewater NW.

Gumbo YaYa

Gumbo YaYa, the New Orleans food cart parked at The Yard food park, raised money to help feed Ukrainians and raised more than $1,500. Owner Lisa Brosnan is selling Ukrainian cheese pies with proceeds going to World Central Kitchen. Customers can purchase two pies for $8 with a choice of fillings.

Phuket Fusion Thai & Sushi

The Thai-Japanese fusion restaurant quietly opened on the corner of High and Court streets in October, but has now closed six months later. The restaurant serves sushi and Thai dishes in the former Marco Ristorante Italiano space.

Banh Mi Phuong

Salem’s little piece of Vietnam came in the form of Bánh Mì Phượng, a food truck parked at Beehive Station. It quietly closed at the end of January. The closure followed an extended temporary closure due, according to a note on the truck, to a “death in the family”.

The food truck comes from the family of the internationally renowned Bánh Mì Phượng in Hội An, Vietnam, as seen on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” show. They decided to relocate to Salem and marketed themselves as “serving the most authentic bánh mì you can find in the United States”. The truck served spring rolls, vermicelli bowls and their famous bánh mì – French baguette sandwiches filled with pickled daikon, carrots, fresh cilantro and an array of meats, among other things.

The vacancy at Beehive Station was filled by One in a Melon Meals, a gluten-free food truck.

Em Chan covers food and meals at the Statesman Journal. You can reach her at [email protected]follow her on Twitter @catch-upemilie or see what she eats on Instagram @sikfanmei.ah.