Every year I get super psyched for the annual PhilFest because it is one of the few chances I get to enjoy tasty Filpino food all year. There are practically no Filipino restaurants in Tampa Bay. My Orlando food blog friend, Droolius, is always uploading photos of tasty Filpino eats and makes my inner Pacquiáo want to hunt for Filpino food. Thanks to a new food truck called PAO Truck, that is about to change.
I first heard about PAO Truck in TBO when they were added to the Mayor’s Food Truck Fiestas. I immediately gave them a Facebook “like” and when I read they were on Aemberly Drive, literally 2 minutes from my house – I had to go and give them a shot. I explained how I found the truck to an employee at the truck and he was very helpful in helping explain the menu to me and took care of me quickly. The food was also ready quickly.
There were plenty of great things on the menu.
I liked that the truck had photos of the food on it. More people should do this.
I decided to order the Lola’s Lumpia ($5) and the Pancit ($6) with a Coca-Cola. One lumpia is not enough for this lumpia lover – I knew I would have to order the Lola’s Lumpia! If you love lumpia, you will not want to be found at the same Filipino party as me because I can eat over 10 lumpias at a party and take more to-go. I simply LOVE IT. I would almost call it an obsession, except that I have not tried (and failed) to make lumpia at home yet.
This lumpia was perfect! I loved every last bite. I wish there a little more, but food trucks normally have to charge a little more for their food because of all the costs associated with their business. One of the really great things that food trucks have done for Tampa Bay is given a test to all kinds of cuisines that may not be common for our area and provided us with more diversity.
The vegetarian Pancit was a nice change from the usual food truck food fare. Sometimes one of my issues is that things at food trucks are so unhealthy and although I often like the food I have at food trucks, the stomach ache afterwards is not always ideal. I think it is great that PAO Truck offers healthier vegetarian options and at least offers the ability to be a little healthy when you’re at the truck.
Next time I want to try other things on their menu like the Boom Boom Pao and Toscilog. The chef of the truck actually stopped by car and gave me some of their shrimp chips (he assumed I was unable to eat meat for religious purposes), which I thought was very thoughtful. The shrimp chips were actually delicious.
Overall, I really enjoyed the Filipino food at PAO Truck. The food was full of flavor and the lumpia tasted authentic. I now have another way to get my Filipino food fix in between annual PhilFest celebrations and Filipino parties. I will be back!
Food Truck Name: PAO Truck
Phone Number: (567) 246-9726 (CHOW-PAO)