Two cousins, both of Filipino descent, left their regular day jobs and are now making a blast with their Filipino-infused food creations at Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas.
Michael Jante and Don Jante said that their goal was to share their Filipino culture and food, marrying it with something familiar for everybody, “like a burger, so we kind’a like use the burger as a bridge between our culture and American culture.”
When the host of “Cooking in America” Sheldon Simeon asked the cousins whose idea was it to open a food truck, Don pointed to Michael, shook his said while saying “this guy right here–ruined my life,” in a manner of a joke, pertaining to his normal job before Michael convinced him into the food truck business.
Michael then says he was an “IT” (Information systems Technician) for ten years to make parents happy.
And so they did it. At first they planned on selling “straight up” Pinoy food but they wondered whether people are going to come. So their next idea was to give the people at least something familiar, like burgers.
Michael said what a customer’s mind would be like: “Oh there’s burgers, oh I like his burgers, Ok I trust this team… let me try the Filipino rice plates now.”
Their opening day was a huge hit. They prepared all night and when they opened the windows about 100 people on queue surprised them.
The cousins’ food truck called “Flip’n Patties” (we saw their creativity for the business title there, Flip’n as in flipping or Flip’n which sounds close to/Philippine/) was just a part time for the first two months, and was open just on weekends.
But as soon as they knew that people loved their food, they dropped their day jobs and went full-time. Then 5 years later, their food ‘truck’ still ‘rock’!
Among Flip’n Patties’ the best sellers are:
Jeepney Burger (Home-made longanisa [Pinoy sausage] patty, Akaushi Beef, Siopao buns, tomato, fried egg, banana ketchup [popular Philippine fruit ketchup] and Aioli [Mediterranean sauce made of garlic and olive oil])
Chicken Pupu Plate (Fried boneless chicken thighs, dipped in a special sauce [sweet ginger-soy sauce inspired by Don’s Grandma’s recipe], Lumpia egg rolls, and garclic toasted rice)
Chicken Pupu Flip’n Fries (Chicken Pupu, fries, banana ketchup, cheddar, spicy sauce, Aioli, cilantro)
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