Definition of Sarap:
A tagalog word that can describe something as delicious or feeling good.
Photos by NANETTE WONG
The Sarap Shop is a Filipino-American food truck and catering company by Kristen Brillantes and JP Reyes. They embrace the dual meaning of the word "sarap" by creating comforting menus with something for everyone, and equally comforting experiences that make everyone at the table feel loved.
In addition to their truck, JP and Kristen also host kamayan pop-up meals. All pop-ups are served on communal tables covered with toasted banana leaves, and no utensils but your hands. JP and Kristen celebrate this traditional way of eating "kamayan" (to eat with your hands) because of its ability to enhance your connection to the food, and to the people beside you. They are also proud to be the first ever to host a fully vegan kamayan experience
JP is an excellent chef and a fantastic host. Highly recommended. It was the best Filipino meal that I've ever had, vegan or omnivore. The food was well-presented with a thorough explanation of the ingredients.
— Joaquin C.
I try new restaurants all the time, but have never experienced something so unique. The flavors were deliciously complex and I loved how playful the whole experience was -- from the presentation, to JP's service style, to the casual and cozy company. I always appreciate a variety of textures in my food, but eating with your hands takes that appreciation to the next level!
— Jessica C.
We often get asked why we decided to start The Sarap Shop. The tl;dr is to nurture connection. ️We started this project because of the magic that happens when we bring people together through food.
Our favorite memories have always been at the dining table, surrounded by the people we love. But one notable difference, as we grew up, was that Filipino cooking can be heavy on animal products which made it tough for family and friends that were exploring new beliefs and lifestyles.
So in an effort to bridge differences, we started experimenting with side by side omnivore and vegan menus to ensure there is always something for everyone at the table. We've made it a tradition to make fully inclusive menus on our truck and for catering.
more about JP + Kristen...
Chef JP only recently decided to take a risk and turn his curiosity for cooking into a career. He jumped into the culinary field, with no formal training, and in just three years worked his way from a line cook at Spice Kit to Lead Vegan Chef then Sous Chef at Google. After a few months of running pop-ups together, Kristen was inspired by JP's passion and decided to buy him a food truck. JP, now, works full-time at his dream job.
Kristen wasn't much of a fan of cooking until it became a way she could experiment with uncommon combinations she wanted to eat, and a way to spend extra quality time with the people she loves. She complements JP's imagination in the kitchen by masterminding ideas for dishes and designing unique dining experiences. Outside of The Sarap Shop, Kristen is a Design Producer at Google Ventures and runs a private relationship coaching practice.
We'd love to help you make your upcoming event masarap! To get started, fill out the form below and we'll get back to you within 24-48 hours. Please note that we are only available for drop-off and pick-up catering.