Friday, June 10, 2011

Senor Sisig - The "Senor" Sisig Chicken Burrito

Holy cow that was a spicy burrito! The first truck at Off the Grid: Upper Haight was the 2011 SF Weekly Reader's Poll winner for Best Food Truck, Senor Sisig. Senor Sisig serves up Filipino street food and combines it with Mexican influences. I decided to try it because 1) I hadn't been there yet, and 2) I wanted to experience an award winning truck. Did the truck with the flaming pig live up to expectations?

Holy cow that was a spicy burrito! There was a fairly long line, so that is usually a strong indicator that the food must be good. Senor Sisig offers tacos, burritos, nachos, and fries, among other tasty morsels, and most feature sisig. To the uninitiated, that's meat* marinated in citrus juice or vinegar and other secret ingredients, which is then broiled or grilled. I couldn't decide between their two burritos (The "Senor" Sisig or the California), so I asked for a recommendation. The guy who took my order told me they were both good, but that if I hadn't been there before I should try the "Senor" one first. Plus, a bunch of people ahead of me had just ordered this, so that swayed my decision. My protein options were chicken, pork or tofu. I chose chicken.

Holy cow that was a spicy burrito! I was asked if I wanted my burrito spicy or mild and at first, not thinking I said "spicy." A second later I said, "No wait! Mild!" and the guy chuckled and repeated, "mild," so I know that he heard me. While I was waiting for my order I checked out what other people got and I saw taco after taco coming out piled high with jalapeno pieces. Now I was the one who chuckled thinking, "Wow, that's going to be crazy hot!" Little did I know that would apply to me in a few minutes.

Again, holy cow that was a spicy burrito! My chicken "Senor" Sisig included adobo rice, pinto beans, lettuce, salsa and their cilantro cream sauce. The chicken was really, really flavorful. It was tender, juicy, and had hints of a lime marinade. The cilantro cream sauce added a nice coolness to contrast the intense spiciness, and the pinto beans gave the burrito a nice meaty texture. I am not a huge fan of beans in my burrito (I know, weird...) and so I usually omit them, but I wanted to try the "Senor" burrito as the chef created it.

The sour marinade so characteristic of sisig definitely came through in the chicken. Sadly, it was a bit overpowered by the crazy amount of little green peppers, and I can't even imagine what it would have tasted like had I actually ordered it spicy. But overall I enjoyed my burrito, and I am very interested to try the french fry-filled California. Mild. Definitely mild.

Rating: 3/5 (ratings guide)

Senor Sisig, (@senorsisig) $8.00 per burrito

Senor Sisig (Mobile Truck) on Urbanspoon

* Usually that's pork or pig's head, but Senor Sisig also offers chicken and tofu.

Does reading this make you want to try this vendor? Tell them that you saw them at I Left My Cart in San Francisco and support San Francisco street cuisine!

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