While attempts at Mexican food in this city have largely been misses, this new taquería is quickly changing the game. Building on a delicious foundation with an LA born and bred cook, this spot plates up the sort of flavours you’d get from a taco truck on the West Coast or family-run stand in Texas. It’s casual, affordable and simply exists to serve mouth-watering Mexican snacks.
Starting with the staple carnitas taco ($40), the cilantro, onions and pico de gallo with lime are the ideal topping for the medium-tender braised pulled pork. The tortillas are well-selected and flown in straight from California. Cooked in vegetable stock, the refried beans ($18) are good value and flavourful enough on their own even without the addition of lard (the more traditional way). It’s a vegetarian-friendly and hearty side order, which complements the distinctly Cali-influenced veggie quesadilla ($45) or veggie burrito ($58). The Mexican rice ($18) varies between visits and leans on the bland side, even for a mild dish. However, the rice does mix well with the meal for its authentic flavours that stem from being cooked in vegetable stock with a hint of tomato and cilantro.
The monster nachos ($75) consist of crispy brown corn chips, topped with a delicious but skimpy serving of refried beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole and melted cheeses. The guac tastes like a mix and would benefit from the freshness present in the tangy pico de gallo. Order the enchiladas ($60) for a saucier variation of the tacos. They are less authentically composed (appearing as just tacos with sauce slopped on top) but it tastes like something a Mexican would happily throw together in their own home kitchen.
The owner has the right frame of mind about menu pricing and portions (it’s not fancy French food but it definitely ain’t dim sum). Wash it down como un Mexicano with a Corona ($30) or horchata ($15). When it comes to Tex-Mex food, Taco Chaca is as good as it gets in Hong Kong and it’s a welcome addition to our dining scene. Michal Garcia
1 Second St, Sai Ying Pun, 2525 2066; www.tacochaca.com. Tue-Sun 11am-10pm. Closed Mon. Dinner for two: around $200.
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1 Second St, Sai Ying Pun