Picture, If you will, the smoothest, creamiest, Filipino leche flan. Now imagine Southern-style banana pudding. The squish of vanilla wafers. The light, fluffy meringue. What would happen if you combined those dishes? That was the question that launched a very valuable banana stand in Jersey City, New Jersey.
It all started one morning in March 2014, when Lloyd Ortuoste walked outside and found a huge dent in the bumper of his beloved Sonic yellow Subaru Impreza. A psychology student at Kean University in nearby Elizabeth, Ortuoste definitely didn’t have the cash to repair the cosmetic damage left by the hit-and-run, so he started saving up.
A month later, he and his girlfriend (now-wife), Trisha Villanueva, invited a few friends over to enjoy a batch of Filipino flan fused with Southern-style banana pudding, which Villanueva says has always been the most popular item on her family’s Thanksgiving table. She didn’t quite nail the original recipe, and her mistake had…
This article was written by Nick Hawkins and originally published on www.inc.com