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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

There's A New Filipino Taco Truck in Town. Meet Senor Sisig

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 3:35 PM

click to enlarge The truck made its debut last Saturday at Fort Mason Pavilion. - SENOR SISIG
  • Senor Sisig
  • The truck made its debut last Saturday at Fort Mason Pavilion.
Last Saturday's Bay Area Derby Girls throwdown at Fort Mason Pavilion saw more than S.F.'s ShEvil Dead kick ass on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bombshells. It also unleashed Senor Sisig, a Filipino taco truck making its soft-open debut.

S.F. native Evan Kidera, 27, launched the truck with high school buddy Gil Payumo, 29, a CCA graduate currently cooking at the Marriott. Senor Sisig is a couple of years in the making, says Kidera, who ― like a lot of aspiring truck vendors ― caught fire from L.A.'s Kogi. "I thought, This was amazing, but I didn't really want to do Korean tacos," says Kidera, who's Japanese American. "I thought, What else can I do?" The answer: Filipino.

Kidera enlisted Payumo, who is Filipino. They acquired a second-hand taco truck at the beginning of the year (gotta love Craigslist), replaced the vending windows, had it painted and decaled. Unlike Hapa SF, which does contemporary versions of Filipino dishes, Senor Sisig skews street food: tacos, burritos, nachos, and rice plates, all starring sisig. Well, some heavily adapted version of sisig, a dish traditionally made of fried-up boiled bits from a pig's head.

click to enlarge SENOR SISIG
  • Senor Sisig
Besides pork sisig, Kidera and Payumo plan to offer chicken sisig, beef sisig, fish sisig (made from bangus), even tofu sisig. They'll fry up lumpia too, and plans call for adobo, eventually, as well as silogs, breakfast plates.

Kidera's currently trying to work out a deal with lounges in the city that'll let him park Senor Sisig out front, even as he's researching Peninsula lunch spots. He's talking with Off the Grid organizer Matt Cohen, too, about appearing at Cohen's Friday night street-food events.

For now, however, you'll have to wait till July 31, date of the Bay Area Derby Girls next match, at Craneway Pavilion across the Bay in Richmond. Meanwhile, follow the sisig on Twitter and Facebook.

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