I have used the past several months to delve into our local food truck scene. Truth be told, it has been a ton of fun. And while more often than not, the results have been overwhelmingly positive, I would be hard-pressed to come up with a better experience than what I recently had at Filipino Munchies.
On my visit, the trailer was stationed at the Rail Yard, but a quick check of social media makes one thing crystal clear: Filipino Munchies goes everywhere.
Technically speaking, I guess home base is up in Sherwood at 3960 E Keihl Road, but these guys definitely get around, and that includes stops at The Filling Station (3623 JFK Boulevard in North Little Rock), The Gravel Lot (2620 Dave Ward Drive in Conway), Fitzroy Chenal (15401 Chenal Parkway), and MP Outdoor Cinema (6700 Allied Way).
Kudos to them for spanning the Central Arkansas food scene. Filipino Munchies’ menu is small, with a focus on executing Filipino classics like Adobo chicken, pancit, and lumpia, all of which I tried on my visit. I also got the sisig with garlic fried rice, a wildly addictive dish with pulverized bits of pork mixed with onions. The sweet heat of the sisig mixes well with the garlic rice and accompanying pancit, the latter of which is clear, rice noodles laced with carrots and chicken. Noodle lovers will want to order the pancit as an entrée.
On a typical service, expect to see eight “plate” options. Each one comes with an entrée, along with a side of rice, pancit, and one piece of lumpia, a spring roll filled with ground beef. This lumpia is particularly good, rolled tight with a nice crisp, yet chewy texture.
If you are a mixer, like me, I suggest ordering a few dishes and combining a little bit of everything on one plate. That includes the Adobo chicken, which is not exactly a visual work of art, but tastes absolutely delicious. The dish is a pile of sauce-covered, chopped chicken thigh meat with smoky spices and pairs wonderfully with the rice and pancit. The Pork-on-a-Stick is also a winner, although a couple of the chunks of the grilled meat were a touch dry, a slight criticism in an otherwise perfect meal.
In the end, Filipino Munchies did exactly what every good food truck needs to do for someone’s initial visit: inspire a return trip through its delicious offerings. Next time around, I will try out the Huli Huli Chicken or maybe the Infused Crab Fried Rise with Lechon Kawali, along with a pile of pancit and a few orders of lumpia.
For the sake of Central Arkansas food lovers, I hope the Filipino Munchies food truck continues to bounce around the area, bringing its delightful take on Filipino cuisine to a growing base of customers. I imagine that future plans include aspirations of a brick-and-mortar location. Until then, I suggest finding Filipino Munchies.
You will not be disappointed.