Due to the historical and ongoing influx of migrants, American street food is often inspired and influenced by the tastes and textures of Korean and Mexican food and at Bo-Mex’s chic Vatos Urban Tacos, these two distinct culinary traditions are brought together with maximum effect.
With two branches in Singapore and four in Seoul, Vatos – Californian slang for men – was founded by a trio of Korean-Americans who wanted to recapture the familiar tastes of their youth and simultaneously offer Seoul’s eager foodies a new and different dining experience.
Kenny Parks and Sid Kim are from Southern California and Juweon Kim grew up in Texas and so naturally all three spent their youth growing up eating authentic Mexican food supplemented by a steady diet of home-made Korean food lovingly prepared by their mothers at home.
Inevitably, in such an environment the three guys progressed towards Korean-Mexican fusion cuisine, a direction that led them to open the first Vatos in Seoul and the creation of signature dishes like galbi tacos, spicy chicken quesadillas and kimchi carnitas fries, voted by the readers of 10 Magazine as the Best Dish in Korea.
The kimchi carnitas fries is a must-try dish, a basket of crispy fries topped with braised pork carnitas, onion, pickled gherkins and sautéed kimchi providing that additional and unusual Vatos bite. Pair it up with a drink from the outstanding selection of cocktails and beers served up from the long urban-industrial bar and ease back into the Californian groove.
Vatos Urban Tacos
36 Beach Road
T: (+65) 63856010