Updated May 2020
A new food trend that really grew in 2019, especially in regards to Asian cuisine: pop-up dining! We asked our followers to give a shout out to their favorite pop ups and we’ve rounded them up to share with you. We even found one to satisfy your sweet tooth! These 10 pop up food vendors are your ticket to a unique tasting adventure!
MOMO SHACK DUMPLINGS
Momo Shack has been a Dallas pop up icon since 2017! If you have never tried one, a momo is an authentic, handmade Nepali dumpling. The combination of their sought-after momos and secret sauce is unreal! They have partnered with some popular Dallas breweries to sling some delicious momos and host pop up events like Momo + Beer Pairing.
While COVID-19 has changed the way do pop ups, Momo Shack is currently offering pop up pick ups with 12-pack bags of “Momos at home” and secret sauce.
Picadera uses their multi-generational experience, tips and tricks to provide Dominican street food packed with worldly flavors. One of their most popular selections is their deep fried empanadas that come with your choice of fillings. Don’t forget a side of yucca fries and coconut water in an actual young coconut! You can utilize their handy pop up countdown on their website or follow them on social media to plan your culinary adventure!
Recently they have been hosting pop ups at Trinity Cider, Celestial Beerworks and Peticolas Brewing Co. and more are in the works!
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Filipino cuisine plays a major role in the Dallas food industry! BilaoDFW’s founder, Denise Apigo, grew up north of Manila. Her goal was to promote inspiring Filipino dishes into the country and she brings unique authenticity to her diverse menu. Rice bowls with tasty protein and toppings, ube fries and ginataang bilo-bilo (Filipino dessert) are some of the menu items you might see at their pop ups!
CHEF JARED PIERRE
Chef Jared Pierre is a private chef and caterer that services the DFW area. In the past we’ve seen pop ups like the Thanksgiving Experience and Brunch at Nite in Greenville which hosted selections such as braised short ribs, brunch burgers, chicken & waffles and stuffed french toast. Recently, Chef Jared offered a Mother’s Day brunch pop up with delicious options like surf n turf grits, Texas Benedict, quiche it lite and chicken & waffles.
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I think it's safe to say we could all indulge in some traditional, Filipino cuisine! Hella Lumpia is a Dallas pop up that features menu items like crispy, Filipino egg rolls, ube treats and longanisa rice bowls along with all the noods! Yes, we mean noodles. And you have to try their champorado! Think of a chocolatey version of an acai bowl. You have probably seen Hello Lumpia at one of their brewery pop-ups that they partner with for culinary events or at the Dallas Filipino Food Festival. We can’t wait to get our fill of the yummy crispy egg rolls!
Interested in some Nomad cuisine? Kitchen Zus’ adventurous menu and elevated fare takes Latin influences to the next level! They even made taco of the month in Texas Monthly with their Tacos al Vapor. With dishes that include 12 hour Coca-Cola carnitas and fire roasted Mexican street corn, you will definitely find yourself going back for seconds or thirds!
MEKENI FILIPINO KITCHEN
This husband and wife team are inspired to create with every trip they make back home. Both of their families are from Pampanga, the culinary capital of the Philippines! Together, they created Mekeni, the Kapampangan word for “Come here / Come Toward”, which shapes their inviting pop up kitchen. Their love for the Philippines are conveyed through their colorful and flavorful dishes!
While traditional pop ups are currently on hold, you can pick up $12 for 10 pcs of pork bbq $12 for 15 longanisa meatballs while supplies last! Text 818-915-8794 to order
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This married chef duo combined their dynamic forces to create Mo’s Plancha with the goal of bringing Venezuelan food to the Dallas community through their various pop ups and special events. Their traditional recipes mixed with global influences are meticulously prepared and bring rustic authenticity to your pop up experience. Arepas, plantain pancakes, pintxos and hand-rolled tequenos are a few things you’ll find on the menu!
NOT YOUR LOLA’S
Not Your Lola’s is a modern, Filipino food concept formed by 4 friends who constructed their vision after meeting in 2018. Their objective is bring Filipino cuisine to Dallas through their various pop ups! Past events have included pop ups at the Dallas Filipino Food Festival 2020, and Arroz Caldo Pop-Up and even a Filipino BBQ Pop Up where they served up 4 different, mouthwatering protein skewers over rice and a banana skewer for dessert!
Ulam brings modern and handcrafted Filipino food to the Dallas area via pop ups, festivals and other special events. When you savor a dish from Ulam you’re enjoying a blend of traditional and contemporary influences with a personal flair from Chef Anna. Enjoy dishes like yummy lumpia and chicken adobo. And if you’re feeling a sweet treat, their calamansi pies or peach mango hand pies are the way to go!
Pop ups are currently on hold! Bookmark their events page for future popups and sign up for their email newsletter for updates. In the meantime you can follow them on Instagram for fun IGTV recipes how-to’s!