Saturday, February 22, 2014

Taco Chino -- Authentic Korean-Mex Fusion

I first visited Taco Chino a few months ago, but because of the vast menu options, I knew that I had to return with a friend to share and enjoy some of the bigger offerings.  For authentic Mexican/Korean fusion in Chicago, Taco Chino in Albany Park is definitely THE place to go.  It is not the trendy Korean street tacos you'll see at Del Seoul or the yuppie tacos you'll see at Big Star.  This is the real deal -- Mexican fare with Korean flair.  I saw an abuela hanging around the kitchen, so I'm going to believe that she was preparing the masa. 

My friend Giada and I had a huge lunch today consisting of kimchi and bulgogi tacos, kimchi huaraches (fried oval masa base topped with pork, kimchi, refried beans, cheese and lettuce), kimchi fries, and a massive kimchi nacho supreme. Everything was amazing -- you really can't go wrong with kimchi.  We thought we were overdoing it with ordering both the nachos and fries, but they were actually quite different.  The fries had a stronger presence of kimchi, along with nacho cheese and bacon-like pork.  The nachos had guacamole, jalapeños, sour cream, cilantro, lettuce, shredded cheese, pico de gallo and small bits of kimchi.  We had so much food left over and had to over-stuff two take-out boxes; we barely touched the complimentary basket of tortilla chips and salsa verde they brought out to us before our feast!    
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