Pinoys join Food Network's food truck battle

By Steve Angeles – Two Filipino food trucks, the Manila Machine and the White Rabbit, have been out in full force serving their signature dishes. The Manila Machine, a food truck that serves traditional Filipino foods with a modern twist, was at a fund-raiser in Eagle Rock.

The first Filipino food truck in Los Angeles, the Manila Machine was launched in early June by 2 food bloggers who met online.

It is known for its adobo sandwiches and rice plates.

“It’s still traditional. It’s just our contemporary recipes. It’s still Filipino ingredients and Filipino flavor,” said Nastassia Johnson, one of the co-founders.

In downtown Los Angeles, the White Rabbit truck sells fusion Filipino burritos and tacos stuffed with sisig and beefsteak along with their white chocolate champorado.

The truck was launched in July by chef James Du, a Cordon Bleu graduate who once worked for Chef Gordon Ramsey.

“We wanted to do a restaurant but the overhead would have been so high and with this food truck craze, what better way to get our food out to the masses than this,” Du said.

Both food trucks are competing on The Food Network’s Contest for Best Food Truck in America. The winner will be chosen via online voting by viewers.

If they win, the White Rabbit team pledges to give the prize money to poor children in the Philippines.

“If we do win this race, all of (the money) is going back to the Philippines. We are personally going to go out there and feed as many kids as we can and clothe as many kids as we can just to give back,” said Mike Dimaguila of White Rabbit. – via ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

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