13 Oct 2016

Vatos Urban Tacos – Korea meets Mexico in Singapore

Vatos Urban Tacos. The latest fusion food craze from Korea

After a bit of digging around, we still haven’t found out how Vatos Urban Tacos Komex cuisine really got started. We think it’s one of the best food fusion trends that’s hit our city in recent time, regardless of how. We Singaporeans love to adopt food trends from all over the world and put our own wacky spin on it. The invasion of Korean BBQ swept the nation. Bingsu closely followed. Then Korean shops selling Churros. The crunch of a nacho chip can now be enjoyed with a generous spoonful of Kimchi. And now we have Komex food by Vatos Urban Tacos

So down to very much-talked-about Komex Food by Vatos we headed. The place that everyone’s talking about these day is situated right beside the kind-of-new South Beach. The menu, right from the get-go, had us salivating merely reading the items. We zeroed on some of their firm favourites.

They were:

  • Kimchi Carnitas Fries
  • Korean Pork Belly Tacos (set of a pair)
  • Classic Carne Asada Tacos (set of a pair)
  • Baja Fish Tacos (set of a pair)
  • Corona Rita
  • Nutella Nachos

Kimchi Carnitas Fries

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A different take on Fries

Imagine chilli cheese fries, but totally reworked! These crispy, fresh-from-the-fryer fries are slathered with a hefty dose of braised pork carnitas, sautéed kimchi, melted cheese, sour cream, Vatos Urban Tacos hot sauce and even more cilantro and tons of chopped red onions. If you’re against having your breath reek of onions after a meal, sorry, this one’s going to sorely disappoint you. Lucky for us, we absolutely loved that the fries were buried under a mountain of diced red onions (and raw ones, mind you)! Our only mild let-down is that we wished that we could taste more of the kimchi. Somehow in that rubble, it got lost and kind of lost the whole point of the dish’s name. Other than that, this amazing side is a mind-blowing complement to any dish!

Korean Pork Belly Tacos

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Komex pork belly tacos

We liked how the pork belly was chopped into small cubes, which makes it forgiving when you’re stuffing your face. The pork belly is first marinated in Korean chilli paste. Then the whole taco is topped with julienned spring onion and ssamjang (traditionally a dipping sauce made out of a mixed paste of gochujang (red chili pepper paste), dwenjang (fermented soybean paste) and other seasonings like aioli. The belly is tender, sweet and we absolutely enjoyed the fatty bits (because who are we kidding, that’s the best part!). Finally the aioli made it a very satisfying hunger pleaser.

Classic Carne Asada Tacos

When we eat Mexican food in Singapore, we are almost always tempted to order their Carne Asada. Simply because, well, we are red-hot-blooded humans and we love our meat! So when these beefy twins arrived, we couldn’t wait to dive straight into them. The beef is spice-rubbed and topped with cilantro, chopped onion and Vatos hot sauce. Sad to say, this main was a little disappointing in that the beef wasn’t as tender as we’d like and it was honestly a tad too dry. Also, we failed to taste much of the house hot sauce as promised, so all in all, this was definitely the least impressive of the lot.

Baja Fish Tacos

Vatos Urban Tacos - Picture of Baja Fish Tacos
Baja Fish Tacos

We would first like to mention that we are quite biased towards fish tacos because some of the most mind-blowing tacos we have tried have been fish. There’s just something about having a perfectly deep-fried fish fillet topped with a refreshing slaw served to you all wrapped up like a new-born baby. The acidity of the slaw dressing, the succulent fish, the crispy batter and the soft tacos culminates in one of the most enjoyable chews when it comes to eating! This fish taco is dipped in beer batter and finished off with spicy chipotle mayo, pico de gallo and apple coleslaw. This pescetarian dish has definitely made it to the list of our favourite fish tacos in town.

Corona Rita

Vatos Urban Tacos - Picture of a Corona-Rita a unique drink
“Corona-Rita” a drink and a half

Can’t decide whether to have a margarita or a beer? There’s no need to pick just one because you can have both – at the same time, with a wide variety of Vatos’ Ritas. Try a sweet Sexy Sanchez a combo of strawberry margarita and Albens Apple and Strawberry Cider, Try the not-so-sweet medley of a classic frozen margarita and Corona. Of course, we had to make it a lil’ hardcore and decided on the Corona option. Hey, that’s how we roll. The first half is mostly margarita, which gradually gives way to that familiar Corona bite once the slush melts and that’s when things start tasting really fun! These innovative drinks come with a slightly high price tag, and are definitely large enough to share, but they are without a doubt super fun for a night out (of possible debauchery).

 Nutella Nachos

Vatos Urban Tacos - Nutella Nachos Komex style
Nutella Nachos who could resist these

At this point we were kind of stuffed, but we were pretty curious when we read ‘Nutella Nachos’ – like how does that work?! So we caved in and our inner fat kid ordered up a basket of this. Dessert heaven in a form of a basket filled with deep-fried chips drizzled with Nutella sauce was delivered to our table. Then peppered with sugar and cinnamon, surrounding a scoop of vanilla ice cream. We literally couldn’t stop eating till every last chip was gone. Pausing momentarily in between bites to hold our on-going conversation. Yes, it is that good, so when you pay Vatos Urban Tacos a visit, leave room, because you’re going to need it.

AUTHOR: Appetti