Well folks, in spite of my best intentions to continue on my previous teaser post with a timely follow-up, more information, and answers to your questions, it turns out that I got sidetracked. Rolling hundreds of lumpia by hand, cooking hundreds of chicken thighs and legs for adobo, breaking down and butchering sides of beef and slabs of pork belly, and prepping who-knows-how-many-pounds of green papaya and carrots for homemade achara, takes up just a bit of time.
Actually, all of that takes up a GINORMOUS amount of time.
What's with all the cooking, you may be asking?
This new venture? It's called The Manila Machine: Los Angeles' First Filipino Food Truck. Crazy right?
For my international readers who might not be very familiar with L.A.'s mobile food culture, let's just say that serving different types of food out of a wandering restaurant on wheels is kind of a big deal. And for my local readers... Yup, another food truck.
But this food truck is different! Different, I say!
Along with my business partner, fellow Fil-Am, and fellow food blogger Nastassia Johnson (of Let Me Eat Cake fame) we are THE FIRST truck to bring Filipino food to the masses of Southern California. And besides being THE FIRST FILIPINO FOOD TRUCK in SoCal, Nastassia and I are also the first food bloggers to enter the crowded arena of mobile eateries.
So why did we choose to serve Filipino food? If you're a regular Burnt Lumpia reader, my reasons for doing anything with Filipino food should go without saying. But I'll say them anyway. I've spent the past few years researching, cooking, and writing about the food of my culture. It's been my mission to promote Filipino culture and cuisine via this blog in my own quirky ways. And although I'm not a professional chef, Filipino food is something I'm passionately passionate about (that's right, passionately passionate).
And besides my own personal and cultural reasons for starting a Filipino Food truck, you might have heard that Filipino food is hard to come by in Los Angeles. Thus, The Manila Machine is simply our vehicle (pun?) for making Filipino cuisine more accessible to the good people of L.A. and beyond.
With a menu that features adobo, pan de sal sliders, lumpia, and turon (among other Pinoy goodies), The Manila Machine officially opened to much fanfare on June 10, 2010 at the Downtown LA Artwalk.
How did we do?