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MEXICAN TACO STAND (In seoul) Everything under $3
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Tiger Beer



Joined: 07 Feb 2003
Location: Hong Kong

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2004 8:53 am    Post subject: MEXICAN TACO STAND (In seoul) Everything under $3 Reply with quote

Mexican taco stand in HaebangChon! (an email I just got from a friend)

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There's a new taco ajeossi in the 'hood

Some of the gusto is gone from Joel Levin's life. "I lost my taco
ajeossi," the Hongdae resident and JoongAng Daily employee said recently, referring to the man who ran a Mexican food stall called Chili Chili at the Hongik University subway station.

Mr. Levin can still get his taco fix. But now he has to come to
Itaewon, where said ajeossi, Young Kim, relocated his stand last month.
Mr. Kim is happy with his new Chili Chili, which is down from the
Noksapyeong subway station, on the right side of the road heading to
Namsan Tunnel No. 3. "I moved my shop because my customers were mostly foreigners, and I knew that in Itaewon I would get many more," he explained. "I enjoy the work more when I know the customers really appreciate the food."

Mr. Kim is proud to serve authentic Mexican tacos - much like what he
ate when he lived and worked in Mexico over two stints, in 1994 to '95 and 1999 to 2001. Working as a sales agent for various Korean-exported goods, Mr. Kim was based in Mexico City, but spent plenty of time on the road, developing a taste for the good, cheap, everyday food that ordinary Mexicans eat.

"Mexican food is for anybody and for anytime," he said.

Mr. Kim noticed, upon returning to Seoul, that Korea had only a few
Mexican restaurants, and that none of them followed the "anybody-anytime" principle.

Chili Chili's menu, not unlike an Ensenada taco stand's, is short and
to the point. You can choose from tacos, burritos, fajitas and enchiladas.
Nothing costs more than 4,000 won ($3). For drinks, it's canned Coke or Sprite.

All that's missing is Mexican beer. But buy a few Coronas from the
Family Mart around the corner, and Mr. Kim will let you drink them at your
table. Just don't tell the police.

While we foreigners in Itaewon are delighted with Chili Chili's
relocation, the person happiest about it is a Korean who lives nearby, a
sexagenarian named Mr. Lee.

When he first noticed the new store, Mr. Lee came in and exclaimed how
happy he was to have it and how he never could have imagined such a thing. On subsequent days, he brought good-luck gifts for Mr. Kim a bouquet of flowers one day, a sack of avocados the next.

Mr. Lee drops in most afternoons and buys a couple of tacos al pastor
(pork tacos for which you choose the toppings), one for him and one for his wife.

Like any good retiree, he's usually a tad tipsy by that time, and likes
to clown around. He'll pretend he doesn't speak Korean, limiting his
conversation to hearty English affirmations of "Good, good." Ask him
where he's from and he'll say "Mexico," and that his mother was Korean and his father Mexican. Try out some Spanish on him, though, and he'll turn to Mr. Kim and start arguing about whether the Spanish spelling of fajitas is with a "p" or an "f."

Either way, Mr. Kim's fajitas are absolutely pantastico.
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buddy bradley



Joined: 24 Aug 2003
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2004 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tiger, please confirm this information, lest I drool myself to death.
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Cthulhu



Joined: 02 Feb 2003

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2004 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems to be true. It came from here:

http://joongangdaily.joins.com/200401/15/200401152306176539900092009201.html
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Zyzyfer



Joined: 29 Jan 2003
Location: who, what, where, when, why, how?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2004 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the place is real. I always had meant to go to the one in Hongdae, but I was never hungry while in the station. I just don't know anything about Namsan Tunnel 3, or Noksysooginopee station.
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kangnamdragon



Joined: 17 Jan 2003
Location: Kangnam, Seoul, Korea

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2004 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Mr. Kim is happy with his new Chili Chili, which is down from the
Noksapyeong subway station, on the right side of the road heading to
Namsan Tunnel No. 3.


Which exit number is this?
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Mr. Kalgukshi



Joined: 19 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2004 5:57 pm    Post subject: Matter of Time Reply with quote

Might this be the beginning of the end of kimchi, as we know it?
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komtengi



Joined: 30 Sep 2003
Location: Slummin it up in Haebangchon

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

either exit you get out at you gotta cross the road. Its on the opposite side of the base, just down from the lexus dealership. The big sign out the front says "TACO". Its a good place for a cheap eat.
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ffl007



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just had to throw my three cents in...

Two weeks ago I saw the new taco shop and stopped in. I was elated at first and it gave way to "Remember this is Korea and nothing is as it seems" as we all know! It's true the owner used to live in Mexico. That's where it stops. The food there was way below the standards of the typical food carts you see in Tijuana or Mexico city. (Yeah, Ok those carts don't have any standards or even permits for that matter) Back to the food. It was crap. With a capital C. I had a taco, the corn tortilla was dry and tasted like cardboard. I think Mr. Kim brought the corn tortillas from Mexico with him back in 94'! Shocked ( I know what cardboard tastes like, having tried it once that's another story though) The pork meat was dry too . Not one to give up so easily I ordered a burrito. It was better than the taco or so I thought until I started to chew on a piece of gristle! Mad I had to wash everything down with a canned coke to recompose myself.

Just because someone has a recipe, doesn't mean it''ll taste the same as it's supposed to!
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Jove



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was just about to write "God be praised" but after that reveiw I'm a little disappointed. That won't stop me from trying it though. By the way...has anyone tried the mexican restaurant that's on the hill between Itaewon and the Hyatt? Passed it in a taxi once and keep meaning to go.
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ffl007



Joined: 01 Nov 2003

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:23 pm    Post subject: Not under 3 dollars! Reply with quote

Oops, forgot to correct the original Subject line. Everything is not under 3 dollars. Only the tacos are. I will post a menu from the place later! Arrow Arrow Arrow Arrow Arrow Arrow Arrow
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Godzilla



Joined: 06 Jun 2003

PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got back from Chili Chili.. alright, it might not be 100 percent authentic, but the burritos and the quesadillas are pretty good AND it is cheap. The guy that runs it is nice and it's pretty sociable in there.

A big thumbs up from me.

Oh, and before you ask... dumps have solidified considerably. Could it be the burritos?! I wonder...!
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kangnamdragon



Joined: 17 Jan 2003
Location: Kangnam, Seoul, Korea

PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is disappointing if it is not good. A lack of Mexican food here is a bigger problem for me than the traffic or pollution.
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maxxx_power



Joined: 17 Mar 2003
Location: BWAHAHAHAHA! I'M FREE!!!!!!!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kangnamdragon wrote:
It is disappointing if it is not good. A lack of Mexican food here is a bigger problem for me than the traffic or pollution.


I'm debating planning my next vacation for shanghai to sample some local taco bell.

They have a "sit down" taco bell deluxe restaurant. Table for two sir, el grande style.
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kangnamdragon



Joined: 17 Jan 2003
Location: Kangnam, Seoul, Korea

PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Taco Bell in China? cool

Why can't we just find a way for someone from base to bring us tacos without violating SOFA?
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seoulmon



Joined: 13 Nov 2003
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Two weeks ago I saw the new taco shop and stopped in


Was this, parchance, the Mexican resteraunt in Hong-ik? I went there and didn't try anything, but I met the owner. he said he lived in Mexico, so having a moderate conversation ability i asked him (in spanish) "OH, Can you speak Spanish!" He said (in English) "Burrettos very good."
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