By Adrian Danganan
I love Filipino food.
Granted, thestatement is a bit biased since I’m Filipino-American, but Filipino food is delicious. The cuisine can generally be viewed as uncanny (I mean, have you heard of balut?), but there’s no denying that Filipino cuisine harnessesflavors that are bold, flavorful and out of the ordinary.
So when I found out White Rabbit was making an appearance at the Homecoming Festival on Saturday, I was ecstatic.
White Rabbit is a food truck centered on Filipino-Mexican fusion cuisine. Founded in 2010, the traveling eatery offers a variety of Filipino-stylemeats and serves them in burrito and taco form. The White Rabbit truck has since been popular on the Los Angeles food truck scene, appearing in various media outlets such as Travel Channel and Food Network.
It’s not hard to see why White Rabbit caught foodies’ attention for its various Filipino-style meat selections. The masterminds behind White Rabbit are no strangers to Filipino cuisine, as the main proteinsinclude beefsteak (beef marinated in citrus and slowly cooked), chicken adobo (chicken cooked in mainly soy sauce, vinegar and garlic), pork sisig (chopped pork pan-fried with onions and jalapeeos) and pork tocino (pork sweetened and cured). All of White Rabbit’s selections capture the essence of bold Filipino flavoring.
I opted for the pork sisig burrito. The burrito contained pork sisig, garlic fried rice, egg and cheese, and was wrapped in a flour tortilla.
I’ve never had Filipino fusion food before, but the burrito exceeded my expectations. It’s an ingenious creation. Salty from the pork sisig and garlicky from the fried rice, the burrito brought me back to 13-year-old me on vacation in the Philippines. That’s exactly what a White Rabbit burrito is: a nostalgic Filipino mealin a tortilla.
I also had one of their chicken adobo tacos. With pieces of chicken adobo and cabbage slaw on topof corn tortillas, it’s an interesting combo that I never pictured myself devouring. Chicken adobo is meant to be served with white rice, soit took awhile for my mind to adjust to its taco counterpart. Nonetheless, it was tasty.
With an inexpensive $10 price tag for an entree, a side and a drink, I’d say White Rabbit is a food truck to be on the lookout for.The menu caters to longtime experts of Filipino cuisine as well as Filipino food first-timers, and will surely make for a filling meal.
Just don’t forget the breath mints. That garlic breath mightfollow you home.
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