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‘Food truck’ in LA is popular for its Pinoy dishes

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – A mobile food joint offering Filipino food has caught the fancy of casual diners and food critics.

Since food bloggers Marvin Gapultos and Nastassia Johnson started the business seven months ago, the Manila Machine never fails to draw crowds whenever it goes around the city.

The huge orange Manila Machine truck has become the first food truck specializing in Filipino food in LA attracting not only Filipinos, but American diners as well with its wide selection of Filipino food including sisig, silogs, pork belly and pineapple adobo, carabao wings, beef tapa, turon, and ube cupcakes, among others.

The Manila Machine has also earned a spot in the 2010 Top Newcomers in Los Angeles, from bloggers, food writers, and critics from all over LA.

Renowned food critic Jonathan Gold even endorsed The Manila Machine to some big food events in the US while fashion designers Monique Lhuillier and Oliver Tolentino are among the high-profile diners to visit the food truck.

The mobile food joint even has its own music video that diners can listen while waiting for their orders.

However, Marvin stresses that The Manila Machine will always cater to the “cravings of the masses.” He adds that the business started when he and his friends decided to specialize in Filipino food that they miss back in the Philippines.

Aside from pioneering the Filipino food truck business, he hopes to be able to bring the mobile food joint to other cities across the US.

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