Korean Tacos in Singapore
From Seoul to Singapore, by way of Los Angeles, this fusion favorite is the missing link between carnitas and kimchi.
Published on Feb 18, 2016
THE BRAINCHILD OF THREE Korean-American guys, Vatos Urban Tacos blends Californian Mexican, Tex-Mex and Korean cuisine into inventive dishes like kimchi carnitas fries, galbi tacos and spicy chicken quesadillas. The project began with a Kickstarter campaign in 2011 and since then the restaurant has blossomed across Korea with six locations, and now is expanding globally with an outlet in Singapore.
Mexican-fusion snacks at Vatos. Courtesy of Vatos Urban Tacos.
Sid Kim and Kenny Park were raised in southern California, while Juweon Jonathan Kim comes from Texas. With such provenance, the founders all consider themselves experts in Mexican flavor, but their moms grew up in Korea, so the meals cooked at home were more focused on bulgogi than burritos. After-school snacks were usually Korean leftovers tossed into a taco shell or tortilla. Ko-Mex has proved a successful recipe for Vatos, which means "men" in Spanish—and as the hybrid fare has drawn famous names from U.S. secretary of state John Kerry to top model Tyra Banks, perhaps one winningly odd pairing begets another. South Beach Quarter, 36 Beach Rd., Singapore; vatoskorea.com.