A Nipa Hut (also known as a Bahay Kubo) is a little house found on the islands of the Philippines that is made of nipa leaves and bamboo. Most of the time these nipa huts are around a vegetable garden or out in the fields as a place to rest for those tending the crop. It is a place to gather, eat food, and enjoy the company of friends and family.
Built on top of a mobile food trailer, this is our version of a Nipa Hut. We live in Wyoming, which is thousands of miles away from the islands and thousands of feet above the sands of the Philippines. The winds in this area would easily topple a traditionally built nipa hut of just rope and bamboo, so we built on top of a solid food trailer where the walls and 2x4s will guard against the winds and the wheels and engine will drag the hut through the snow. This trailer formerly served as a Caribbean food truck in Colorado, but has now driven to another island and turned pinoy.
We stew meats and vegetables together and use ingredients like onions, ginger, garlic, and soy sauce. Many of our dishes retain the names from the original languages like siopao and empanada. A favorite dish is lumpia which is a form of a rolled and fried egg roll stuffed with beef, pork, onions, garlic, carrots, celery, cilantro, spices, and sometimes shrimp. It could also resemble the form of a taquito. You dip lumpia in a spicy sweet chili sauce and it becomes an excellent snack or appetizer.
Nipa Hut WY is a family owned and operated food truck. The Vinluan family emigrated to Wyoming in 1994 and have slowly been introducing the community to authentic Filipino cooking. We hope you try our food and please stay in touch by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter!
The Vinluan Family