During the Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival, we decided to eat at the food truck area and I noticed a food truck I’ve never seen before. This one focused on Asian fusion cuisine and from the looks on everyone elses’s plate, the food looked pretty darn good. I went ahead and got the Crispy Adobo Fried Rice and some lumpia sticks.
For those who don’t know, lumpia is pretty much a Filipino eggroll. I would say lumpia is a bit more tightly wrapped, wrapped enough that the eat forms into a log when fried. We could tell that the lumpia was store-bought.
However, the fried rice was amazing.
The components of this fried rice is that the brown rice was layered on top, then this light substance that reminds me of radishes, and then this devilishly good crispy roasted pork belly and garnished with a good dose of cilantro. As much as I liked the dish, the crispy fried pork bits were the star of the show. I applaud Flippin’ Rice for cooking this browned pork fat into a crispy-yet- not burnt masterpiece. It enhanced the flavor of the rice, which was browned with adobo, a generally savory yet subtly sweet sauce.
The best bite I received from the fried rice was a chopstick full of rice, the radish stuff, the cilantro, and the pork. All of these flavors and textures really brought everything together. You have the freshness of the radish thing and the cilantro, and the savorieness and combination of textures of the rice and pork.
A food truck technically has no seating so I can’t describe the ambiance well. However, I think the truck was hip and with it. I don’t like how when the window is flung open, it covers the word “flip” and leave the word “Rice” on the side so we were confused with the name of the truck until someone directed me to the menu.
The thing I don’t really like about food trucks is amount of time you have to wait and I feel like this is no exception. It was an Asian fusion food stop at an Asian festival so of course it would be crowded. Compared to the foodtruck next store, 2 fat guys (they serve grilled cheese), this place was packed but that’s mainly because if I go to an Asian festival, I’d probably want asian food.
I think food trucks are a bit pricy for the amount of capital they need to sustain but what do I know? It’s about $8-12 dollars for a meal there but I find the portions to be well worth it.
The problem with food trucks is that they have limited storage capital so the whole menu was taped up most of the time. I always like food trucks with less variety more than more variety. In any case, I think the stars of the shows are the fried rice bowls and they have about three of them in stock. They have bao and other snacks but I was interested in the star of the show.
Flippin’ Rice is a pretty darn good food truck. Don’t be deceived by the not-asian decor, it’s pretty good Asian fusion food and the portions are decent where I only had to eat half and feel satisfied.