Over the last couple of years I have often seen the Nipa Hut food truck at locations around Cheyenne during various events, but never had the opportunity to stop by and try some of their offerings.
Today, I went to the Cheyenne Depot to check out the Cheyenne Arts Festival – a two day event taking place on the Depot Plaza and in the Depot itself – and saw the Nipa Food Truck. I decided it was finally time to get something.
I was taking a look at the menu on the left hand side of the truck and the owner of the truck greeted me. I told him I’d never had Filipino food before and he suggested that I get what he called the Junior Platter.
It wasn’t on the menu, but I’d receive two Chicken Adobos (chicken thigh slow-cooked in a marinade of sweet soy sauce, garlic, onions, ginger and vinegar), two Pork Adobos (pork ribs slow-cooked in a marinade of sweet soy sauce, garlic, onions and vinegar), a serving of Pancit (stir-fried rice noodles with chicken, green beans, cabbage and carrots, garnished with green onions and a lemon slice) and a serving of stir-fried white rice with chicken , eggs, peas and carrots, garnished with green onions and a side of soy sauce.
The food was fresh and hot. The tastes weren’t familiar to me, but I enjoyed them. I avoided the cabbage and green beans, of course, but everything else was delicious.
The pork ribs were large and meaty, and the meat was tender and ready to fall off the bone, as was that of the chicken. It was just the right size to split between two people.
Nipa Hut is a family affair – the Vinluan family. They’ve been in Cheyenne since 1994 and started their Filipino food truck business which makes the rounds of the city during the summer months. Three years ago they opened a year-found restaurant at the Base Exchange inside Fort Warren AFB.
While talking with the owner, he had proudly shared with me how his friends had helped him designed the food truck – with the bamboo siding and the Nipa leaves making up the thatched roof. It was a striking design and I told him so. There’s a photo essay on how the shell of the Nipa Hut was put together over the food truck base at their website.
I was quite pleased at my first ever experience with a food truck. Nipa Hut was a good first choice.