Fliptop is my new favourite food truck. Not only because it’s shiny and new (just a month old), but also because it serves some friggin’ good Filipino food. Though I suppose this would be considered “Filipino fusion.”
We stumbled upon Fliptop at the annual Garlic Festival in Richmond this weekend. Operated by a sister and brother team, the sharply designed truck beckoned even though we didn’t plan to eat lunch there.
They had me at longsilog. The plate is a common breakfast in the Philippines but I could eat it for every meal. Longsilog combines the three words that make up the dish: longganisa (Filipino sausage), sinangag (garlic fried rice) and log (fried egg).
Longsilog was FlipTop’s special of the day ($9) and it was awesome. Four fat links of sweet sausage were nestled on a generous bed of addictive, garlic fried rice, next to a fried egg. Two very nice touches were a green papaya slaw and slivers of fried leeks on top. A beautiful presentation.
Jason tried the Flippin Adobo “Fili” cheesesteak ($12), a gigantic sandwich of shaved prime rib in adobo sauce, provolone cheese, and smoked chipotle aioli. The flavours were nice but it was a bit dry.
He washed it down with a Sarsi, a popular root beer in the Philippines. When asked what it tasted like, the lady said, “Like real root beer!” Indeed, Sarsi has a strong licorice flavour you wouldn’t find in an A&W can.
I want to come back and try everything else on their menu.
For now, Fliptop doesn’t have a permanent spot, so they roam around, sometimes parking at West 4th and Yew, West 8th or 18th and Cambie, or Railtown. Best to check their Twitter @FliptopTruck, Facebook page, or on the Streetfood app to find out where they are.