New Filipino-Vietnamese food truck Fil N’ Viet is opening this week in Central East Austin. It will open in a temporary location found at 1720 East 12th Street starting Wednesday, March 31. The truck will eventually move into its permanent location across the street at 1800 East 12th Street.
Fil N’ Viet serves a Filipino-Vietnamese menu with dishes like crispy sisig (a mix of pork, pate, and chilis) banh mi, a rice plate with braised and grilled beef ribs with chả trứng, and sinigang chicken wings with tamarind. To drink, there is Vietnamese coffee and sago’t gulaman, a sweet Filipino drink with tapioca pearls.
Fil N’ Viet is the product of husband and wife Kevin Truong and Rosie Mina-Truong. Truong, who has a Vietnamese background, is a former chef at downtown Austin hotel Fairmont and now-closed tasting menu restaurant Counter 3.Five.VII. Mina-Truong, who is from the Philippines, and started cooking her mom’s recipes on her own to stave off homesickness. They saw a lot of similarities between the two cuisines and started to make dishes together. After Kevin lost his job due to the pandemic, the couple started serving as a to-go and delivery service in September 2020, which eventually evolved into the food truck.
Fil N’ Viet will be open Wednesday through Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.