6.351 Shrimp + Fish + Octopus Tacos


22 (Tue) December 2015

Fish + Octopus + Shrimp Tacos


at Little Baja

-Itaewon, Seoul-

with HSK, JJ, SWK, CC

The Prodigal Son Returns for Xmas, Day 7 (see previously 6.350 Nanja Wans).

In Seoul.  Here through Christmas.  Going back on the 26th with the family to Manila, where we’ll finish out the year.

Little Baja is a Mexican restaurant.
Located on the northeast hill of Itaewon linking the main drag to Gyeongridan.
As the name would suggest, Little Baja specializes in deep-fried seafood tacos.
Simple decor, as a taco joint should be.
Simple set-up, as a taco joint should be.
The original plan had been to eat at a Middle Eastern restaurant next door (Petra — FYI), but we backed out in a hurry when we discovered that they didn’t serve booze (which would seem to make sense, given the Islamic prohibition against drinking, though Jordan itself is relatively progressive/secular, even producing various types of alcoholic beverages (see generally 6.159 Memories of Hummus).
3 condiments : creamy (2.5), verde (3.5), picante (3.0).

Dinner with the guys, whom I haven’t seen in nearly a year (see most recently 5.359 Jaengban Ban).

Chips & Salsa (3.0) — excellent chips, respectable salsa; perhaps overpriced at 5,000 won, but forgivable in light of the reasonably priced tacos.
This may have been the octopus.

The tacos were very good, a tad shy of excellent.  Texturally sound in every bite : tender yellow corn tortillas; lightly battered, delicately deep-fried chunks of seafood; razor-thin cabbage and minced salsa.   However, the flavor of the main component didn’t really come through, each taco tasting pretty much like the next, discernible only by different mouthfeel : fish = fluffy, octopus = chewy, shrimp = plushy.   Overall quite satisfying.

Not as exciting as the new-fangled options at the original Vatos (see generally 3.181 Kimchi Carnitas Fries), better than the poorly constructed knock-offs at the Vatos branch in Galleria (see generally 3.328 Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos).

2 thoughts on “6.351 Shrimp + Fish + Octopus Tacos

  1. difference between salsa (as in the chips and salsa photo) and pico de gallo (on your tacos)?

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