Monday, June 21, 2010

First Taste: The Manila Machine Food Truck



As we wrote the other day, Filipino food is finally represented among L.A.'s ever-growing legion of food trucks.

The food bloggers behind Burnt Lumpia and Let Me Eat Cake are behind The Manila Machine, which we finally visited last Thursday.

Immediately after watching the Lakers grab the 2010 NBA Finals, I headed around the corner to Glassell Park, where the Manila Machine was parked outside the Verdugo Bar. (Actually, we got there at the same time, so I waited as the Machine powered up). The early verdict: The Manila Machine serves as a good ambassador for Filipino cuisine -- which, let's face it, most food truck customers probably aren't familiar with.

Here's what we tried the first time out:


Chicken adobo -- $4. Good value. Maria still makes the best chicken adobo anywhere (sorry, Manila Machine), but this was a decent substitute, especially at the price.


Two sliders, at $2.50 a piece: longganisang hubad (“naked” sausage) -- sweet pork and garlic sausage patties, caramelized onions, arugula, and mango jam on a pan de sal roll; and tapa -- sweet calamansi beef, achara slaw, and spicy sriracha mayo on a pan de sal roll. I could eat many of these.

There's more on the Manila Machine menu, so I'm sure we'll try more soon.

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