Friday, February 5, 2016

Korean tacos and burritos coming to Germany soon

That's a prediction, based on demography and the fact that Kimchi just recently showed up at the Ausländer shop we go to once a month or so to stock up on ingredients during a "trip to the city".

Which is a big deal for us hillbillies. *

The shop has all the good stuff German run grocery stores either don't carry at all or offer at moon prices. Unless you think buying taco ingredients as a "Taco kit" at a price that matches last week's special offer from the pharmacy in town - 10 aspirin tablets with Vitamin C for 5.95 Euros (six or so dollares) - is a good deal, you go to the foreigner run shop.

Which is where you can now get Kimchi, or as the Germans call it Koreanisches Sauerkraut.

Korean tacos have been around for several years in the U.S., hailed as one the many "fusion" cuisines. Want to try some? Recipes are here and a steak taco version is here.

The usual caveat for foreign food applies: just as sound can affect the taste of food, it is wll known that the surroundings. Which does not mean that Mexican food in Germany would be any better if you had it in Mexico - sorry about that one.

But hanging out, say, at a noisy Korean restaurant just outside the surreal night time wilderness of the Port of Los Angeles certainly makes it more "authentic". By the way, if you have never been to the Port of LA and the adjacent industrial area, at night, they do look like the landscape in Grand Theft or any truck and shoot 'em up video game you have ever played.

If you happen to be a restauranteur in Germany and are inspired by this post to add Korean tacos and burritos to your menu, let us know.

Since it's carnival time and we are talking fusion cuisine, you might want to try New Orleans style rice doughnuts, Calas, too. Here is our recipe in German.

* Hillbillies R us

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