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Filipino cuisine embodies the native diversity of the Philippine archipelago, combined with Indian, Chinese, Spanish and American influences.

Louisville’s most recent bricks ‘n’ mortar Filipino eatery probably was the short-lived Lola’s Kitchen, which launched in September 2019 and ran aground during the pandemic’s early days. Previously there had been Sari Sari (open through 2014) and Edna’s Good Stuff, perhaps a decade earlier.

When COVID-19 left Rudy Bamba without work, he pivoted, and now his Bamba Eggroll Company food truck is bringing Filipino cuisine back to the people. Bamba’s page at Facebook is impeccably organized and very active, with daily updates about Bamba Eggroll Company’s schedule. For further background, visit WHAS-11 and watch the video.

Bamba Eggroll Co. owner shares Filipino culture through food, by Dennis Ting (WHAS-11)

After the pandemic left Rudy Bamba jobless, he turned to the food he’s known his whole life.

Bamba started off rolling eggrolls, or lumpia, in his own kitchen before renting a commercial kitchen space. And as business began to boom, he moved Bamba Eggroll Company into its own food truck earlier this year.

“I don’t need to get a job, I have my own,” Bamba said. “And I can share Filipino food with everybody.”

Cover photo credit: Elias Santiago.

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