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Wichita just got another Lumpia Lady

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Denise Neil visits Parsnipity Cafe and its companion food truck to learn more about lumpia, a Filipino snack that cafe owner Cynthia Wilson specializes in. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
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Denise Neil visits Parsnipity Cafe and its companion food truck to learn more about lumpia, a Filipino snack that cafe owner Cynthia Wilson specializes in. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)

Wichita now has two lumpia ladies.

Cindy Davenport, who decided to go into business for herself after she was laid off from Via Christi last spring, has just opened Lumpia Lady, a truck specializing in the fried Filipino egg roll-like snacks that are a staple in the Philippines.

This will be Wichita’s second lumpia truck. Cynthia Wilson and Craig Bjork opened theirs, LumpiaPalooza, last spring. It sells lumpia with creative license, stuffing it with wild items like macaroni and cheese and Nutella.

Davenport said her truck will be different in that she will focus only on authentic Filipino lumpia, which is stuffed with a filling made of ground beef, carrots, green onions and secret spices. Davenport, whose father was Filipino, said she grew up making and eating lumpia, which was a family favorite.

“It’s just a staple when it comes to a get-together of Filipinos,” she said.

The truck’s menu also includes fried rice and two types of nachos.

Her food trailer once held Vautrot’s Cajun Goods, a Cajun food truck out of Mulvane that has since closed.

Davenport said she’s starting slow with private events and lunch shifts outside of office buildings. Eventually, she said, she may try to participate in a food truck rally.

Tonight, she’ll be serving at the Maize National Night Out party, which lasts from 6 to 9 p.m. Maize City Park.

To find out where to find the Lumpia Lady, check her Facebook page.

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