While Filipino food only recently started making its way into the mainstream, the Bay Area has long been a center of Filipino culture and cuisine. And Hula Truck owners Angela, Ryan and Pam Gorspe have been central to that movement.
Launched in March of 2014, Hula Truck brings a fresh take on Filipino comfort food with meat-centric favorites influenced by the Pacific Islands.
The creative menu is driven by Ryan and his sister Pam, both of whom are natives of the Philippines and life-long home cooks. Their style is to put an egg on everything. And the lumpia is hand rolled by their mama every week. Ryan’s wife, Angela, runs the business operations.
While they eat a lot of what they cook, they also like to find Filipino food while out around the Bay. Here’s a short list of their favorite dishes.
Here’s Where the Hula Truck Gals (and Guy) Like to Eat Filipino Food
1) Lucky Chances in Colma
Attached to a casino, Lucky Chances is great for late-night comfort food. It’s open 24 hours, so we like to go after the club sometimes. They have the best silog, which is garlic rice, egg, pickled veggies and your choice of meat, including tosilog, adobo or spamsilog.
2) Fil-Am Cuisine in South San Francisco
They have the best chicken and pork BBQ sticks. It’s great for a party. So, you could order one for the road or however many you need for a bigger group of people.
3) Marley’s Treats in the East Bay
Because who doesn’t love ube everything?! They have an awesome ube cheesecake and ube flan ice cream–it’s our favorite place for Filipino desserts.
4) Jeepney Guy in Bay Area
What you need to know is that he moved to Arizona during the pandemic, but he’s still doing pop up events in the Bay Area. We’ve never had a better lechon than his—it’s crispy on the outside and the meat inside is so juicy and tender. He’s definitely doing stuff for the holidays!
5) Hula Truck in Bay Area
We have to give ourselves a shoutout! Our adobo omelet is really popular and really good. It’s adobo chicken and fried rice wrapped in an omelet. The only other places you can find it are Las Vegas and Hawaii. And of course, you need some of mama’s lumpia to go with it.