Manny Imperial runs Sisig City which, according to The FilAm’s Cristina DC Pastor, is NYC’s first Filipino food truck. An illustration of the Empire State Building, a Philippine flag and a carabao, a water buffalo found in the Philippines, adorn the yellow truck, which has been operating since January of this year.
In speaking to the The FilAm, Imperial describes the demographics that Sisig City targets:
Filipinos with a longing for their favorite comfort food, and non-Filipinos who are intrigued by this dish made of chopped pig parts and sautéed in onions. Others are simply about the food truck experience.
The food truck makes its way around the boroughs, and often parks outside schools and hospitals, where Pastor notes, “FilAm students and nurses form the head of the line.” She goes on to describe the available dishes.
The van offers four standard rice bowl dishes, although there can be other dishes on a given week. The Pork Sisig, Chicken Sisig, Grilled Liempo, and Lechon Kawali come with garlic rice and Pickled Achara for a fixed price of $9. Sisig Tacos and Sisig Nachos are also available. Dessert is a choice of Fried Turon and Buko Pandan.
Go to The FilAm to find out how to locate Sisig City, and to read more on Imperial and why he opted to not go into the grocery business, in which his family has roots.