I’ve always been curious about Fliptop Filipino Fusion’s food (look at that alliteration!). Their brightly decorated purple graffiti truck is bound to turn heads. They are usually parked next to Whole Food’s on Cambie and 8th on Wednesdays so that was where I was headed for lunch last week! They serve some sandwiches, lumpia (Filipino springroll) and also rice bowls.
Behold this majestic sandwich! I had the Pulled Pork Sandwich with their signature BBQ sauce topped with Achara (a pickle made from grated papaya according to Google), roasted garlic aioli and crispy leeks. This was served on a Pandesal which is a Filipino sweet bun.
The pile of crispy leeks was nicely seasoned and it was akin to eating onion rings but in small strips. Ok that’s the best comparison I could come up with but they really made this sandwich stand out more. The pulled pork is buried at the bottom and the BBQ sauce was sweet with a slight tang to it. I appreciated the fact that there was enough BBQ sauce but the sandwich wasn’t too wet. I decided to eat this as a deconstructed sandwich so I could eat all the crispy leeks first (and not get my hands dirty)! There probably could have been more pulled pork and less crispy leeks so that it would be more balanced.
Their other sandwiches such as the Thrilla in Manila are a bit pricier at $12 but look really good too so maybe I’ll give it a go one day.
Hamburger 2.85 has been getting a lot of press lately and I really wasn’t that interested in a hamburger but the price point was so low that it propelled me to try it. They’re located on the corner of Pender and Granville.
They only serve a hamburger or a hamburger with cheese (+$0.50).
The hamburger comes to $3 with tax. It looked exactly like the picture that they’re advertising! That’s pretty rare (cough squished McDonald’s burgers cough). The hamburger tasted like something I could put together in a backyard BBQ. The size was pretty good for me and the patty was alright, not dry and it had that slightly charred flavour. The addition of the teriyaki sauce was what gave the burger more flavour. The burger is really simple and pretty decent. I think with this price, no one can really complain about it since all the other food trucks serve food around $8-10. Not sure if I would come back though because it just didn’t feel special or out of the world tasty.
They’re open on Saturdays and I went in the afternoon so there was no crazy line up. I don’t think I would line up for this.
I was never particularly interested in trying JJ’s Trucketeria but amidst all the food truck’s at city hall, they seemed the most interesting. I guess it’s all relative. There’s a driveway and a park behind city hall so that was where some food trucks were hanging out one day. I would’ve never noticed them otherwise since it’s not too visible from the street.
They serve Filipino fusion items and the item that caught my eye was the Filipino Pork Panwich. They also have a famous “Market Bowl” filled with brown rice and fresh vegetables.
There was SO MUCH PORK!!! You can’t even see the bread!!! It’s not exactly a sandwich… it’s more like meat + bread. The bun is the pandesal which is a famous bun in the Philippines. The pork wasn’t that fatty but tender enough. It still retained some chew to it but it wasn’t dry or difficult to chew either. The pork was difficult to pick up with my plastic fork though and the pieces could be cut a bit smaller. Don’t want to risk dropping any of that delicious meat on the go! I can’t quite describe the type of bbq sauce they used though but it was an Asian flavour that seemed like something my mom has made before hmmm… They also offered me some sriracha sauce which I didn’t really need but I took it anyway. The bun part was not very impressive though and not when compared to the pork! The bun soaked up the oil and sauce from the pork though so it was still tasty.
This is a super filling meal for lunch and a great deal for $6.50 since they give you so much meat!