By Mark Boesch
On Sinheung-ro running through Seoul’s Haebangchon neighborhood, Taco Stand serves a lineup of tacos from a charming Mexican taqueria. It offers an authentic Mexican taco experience that tantalizes the taste buds with an array of flavors. Each taco tells its own unique story and showcases Mexican culinary excellence.
Their signature is the Maciza Taco, which features maciza, a finely chopped pork that is slow-roasted to ensure it is tender and flavorful. It’s served on a homemade tortilla topped with salsa verde, salsa roja and cilantro. Each bite is a harmonious blend of smoky, spicy and tangy flavors. The Maciza Taco is priced at 3,800 won, so you can have a couple of tacos and still have plenty of room to try some of the other tasty concoctions on the menu.
Another standout is the Birria Taco, a tender and flavorful lamb taco made with homemade chipotle salsa, lime, onion, cilantro and a side of consomme soup. The origins of birria stem from the culinary traditions used in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, where birria is a rich stew typically made with goat meat, although in this variation, lamb is used, giving the dish a distinctive and robust flavor. It’s a hearty and satisfying taco, priced at 4,800 won.
The Suadero Taco is another delight on the menu. It’s a street food favorite popular in Mexico City. Suadero refers to the cut of beef taken from the brisket, or flank, which is known for its unique texture. It features tender, thinly sliced meat with a satisfying chewiness, as it absorb all of the flavors beautifully. This taco is quickly becoming one of the most popular new items on the menu.
In addition to the classics, there are some really unique and interesting things on the menu, like the Soondae Taco, made with Korean blood sausage. This taco is a beautiful fusion of Korean and Mexican cuisines, featuring a sausage that is rich in flavor with a subtle hint of spice. The sausage is paired with traditional Mexican toppings, resulting in a taco that is both familiar and new.
Taco Stand is a taqueria that will take you on a culinary journey through Mexico. With its authentic flavors, high-quality ingredients and cozy ambiance, it offers an experience that is both delightful and memorable. Whether you’re a taco aficionado or new to Mexican cuisine, Taco Stand is serving the hits.
Taco Stand is open every day of the week except Monday from noon to 9:30 p.m. If you’re in the Yongsan area, you can skip the queue, pay online and place pickup or delivery orders using the Shuttle app or shuttledelivery.co.kr.
Mark Boesch is co-founder and chief marketing officer of Shuttle Delivery.