Anytime I see a crowd of people standing around fire, I always hope for the best and that there is something delicious roasting over the coals. As I drove down Temple through Historic Filipino town, I passed a very unassuming yellow food truck. There were two BBQ’s aflame, a huge line of people and the small mini-mall was packed with cars whose hoods had become makeshift dining tables where people were eating, congregating and having a great time. From the looks of things and wonderful aroma in the air, this was most certainly going to be something delicious – Filipino street food.

I made my way through the smoke, closer to the slow jams blasting out of a large boom box neat the truck. There was a huge table in front of the truck filled with trays piled high with all sorts of finger foods -many things that had been skewered and many things that had been fried, and some had met both fates. I wasn’t sure where to begin, so I started at the sign that says “Line Starts Here”.

The nice ladies of Dollar Hits serving up Filipino street food.
The nice ladies of Dollar Hits serving up Filipino street food.
Authentic Filipino street food in Los Angeles
Authentic Filipino street food in Los Angeles

Line Starts Here

A very sweet lady greeted me and I explained that I was new to all this. She explained that I was at “Dollar Hits” and everything was a dollar each. You pick either a small tray if you want a few things or a large foil tray if you’re taking the party home. Then you proceed down the line picking all the amazing street foods that you want. Then you start adding up the dollars. There are worse ways to use your dollar bills: buying useless things at the dollar tree, making it rain at Jumbo’s Clown Room or making origami cranes. I would much rather make countless trips through the line of this food truck.

My final choices were the shrimp balls, deep fried quails eggs, lumpia, BBQ pork and BBQ chicken feet. I had never had chicken feet before. They were skewered and doused with sauce. Once you start sucking that sauce off, you really get into it and begin suckin’ them bones clean! Lumpia is very much like an egg roll. It was fried to perfection with a flaky crust filled with spiced vegetables. Everything was delicious and I still have more to try when I go back. Also, if you get the melon (cantaloupe) drink, it’s only $1 and free refills!

Deep-fried quail egg, shrimp balls, lumpia, and chicken feet.
I had deep-fried quail egg, shrimp balls, lumpia, and chicken feet.
Fire makes food better! BBQ right on the street.
Fire makes food better! BBQ right on the street.
Cantaloupe Punch – Filipino Melon Drink.
Free refills on Cantaloupe punch!

Where to Find Filipino Street Food in LA

Only a five-minute drive out of Silver Lake, you can find Dollar Hits Food Truck at the corner of Temple St. and Carondelet St. (just a few blocks from Rampart). They are there Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 6pm-11pm.

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