Mexican Food in Taipei


#81

I’ve seen gluten-free masa harina in both the Zhongxiao Fuxing City Super, and the Tianmu Sogo one (near Zhishan MRT Station). I first saw it there a few months ago I guess, and it’s remained there, so it’s as regular as an imported product ever is here (i.e. it may disappear tomorrow).

I’m not sure what difference there is, if any, between gluten-free masa harina and the “regular” masa harina also sold by Bob’s Red Mill (not available in Taiwan, as far as I can tell). A brief Google search suggests the main difference is the gluten-free stuff is processed in a facility that doesn’t process other products with gluten, so I guess the gluten-free masa harina is just as good as the regular stuff - if, that is, you’re looking for masa harina, rather than the “wet masa” (?) that Icon is talking about.

Note that masa harina is also quite easy to get from iHerb (i.e. shipped from North America), as are basically all Bob’s Red Mill products. That usually seems to wind up cheaper than buying the stuff here, depending of course on what you’re ordering and how the shipping charges even out.

Canned tomatillos, on the other hand, seem to have disappeared. I haven’t seen any in a few years now.


#82

What I call wet masa is fresh masa, the way God and the Mayans and grandmothers in Latin America use. Ocassionally, you used to be able to purchase it at Florida Bakery. Please note their tortillas though are nothing resembling our tortillas…

I think I saw tomatillos at City Super Fuxing recently, but do not quote me on that, unless I can give you a picture to prove it. Someone in these boards was actually growing tomatillos. You’d be luckier getting them that way.


#83

I ate TexMex food some time ago regularly at the Roadies: https://www.facebook.com/Roadies.SammyD/.
However that restaurant has re-located so often recently I lost track of it and haven’t been there anymore since it left Longtan. Guess one has to be careful not to spill the soup when the restaurant once again takes off with screeching tires… :sunglasses:

It is probably one of the Seven World Wonders.


#84

yea the one i saw was in your photo. well now that is available is it actually usable without a tortilla press?


#85

[quote=“lostinasia”][quote=“tango42”]There is a Taco Festival this weekend? …
Festival Notes
What: Festival del Taco en Taipei (台北墨西哥夾餅節
When: Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm
Where: Taipei Artist Village (台北國際藝術村), 7 Beiping E Rd, Taipei City (台北市北平東路7號)
Admission: Free[/quote]
Thanks for posting about this. My goodness, I may actually go downtown on a weekend. I try very hard to avoid that.

I can see why they’re making the comparison, but man, way to make tacos sound unappetizing![/quote]

If anybody goes please get addresses and locations of the shops and post here.


#86

[quote=“lostinasia”][quote=“tango42”]There is a Taco Festival this weekend? …
Festival Notes
What: Festival del Taco en Taipei (台北墨西哥夾餅節
When: Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm
Where: Taipei Artist Village (台北國際藝術村), 7 Beiping E Rd, Taipei City (台北市北平東路7號)[/quote]
Thanks for posting about this. My goodness, I may actually go downtown on a weekend. I try very hard to avoid that.[/quote]
Things I’ve learned today:

  1. There are far more young westerners in Taipei than I realized.

  2. Tacos have more of a potential market here than I would have expected, although since that market seems mostly white, it’s probably still not a good business opportunity.

  3. Festival del Taco en Taipei needs a far bigger area for their festival. One with a lot more tables. And space to stand. And places to at least arrange the long long lines. But good for them for putting this on, and I hope it becomes regular … in a more appropriate location for the crowd!

  4. If part of me thinks “Oh, I should go to that” and another part thinks “Are you sure you should go somewhere on a Taipei weekend? Won’t it be too busy to be enjoyable?”, I should always listen to the latter part.

So the tacos looked good. The crowd gave me culture shock. The lines looked long. And I didn’t bother waiting to get tacos.


#87

Apparently you don’t need a tortilla press, but it’s a lot easier if you have one. Other options are discussed at these two links:
annies-eats.com/2014/05/05/c … m-scratch/
seriouseats.com/2010/06/how- … illas.html


#88

[quote=“lostinasia”][quote=“lostinasia”][quote=“tango42”]There is a Taco Festival this weekend? …
Festival Notes
What: Festival del Taco en Taipei (台北墨西哥夾餅節
When: Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm
Where: Taipei Artist Village (台北國際藝術村), 7 Beiping E Rd, Taipei City (台北市北平東路7號)[/quote]
Thanks for posting about this. My goodness, I may actually go downtown on a weekend. I try very hard to avoid that.[/quote]
Things I’ve learned today:

  1. There are far more young westerners in Taipei than I realized.

  2. Tacos have more of a potential market here than I would have expected, although since that market seems mostly white, it’s probably still not a good business opportunity.

  3. Festival del Taco en Taipei needs a far bigger area for their festival. One with a lot more tables. And space to stand. And places to at least arrange the long long lines. But good for them for putting this on, and I hope it becomes regular … in a more appropriate location for the crowd!

  4. If part of me thinks “Oh, I should go to that” and another part thinks “Are you sure you should go somewhere on a Taipei weekend? Won’t it be too busy to be enjoyable?”, I should always listen to the latter part.

So the tacos looked good. The crowd gave me culture shock. The lines looked long. And I didn’t bother waiting to get tacos.[/quote]

I went to this last year, by the time we arrived most of the food was gone, I was also astonished at the number of westerners there…there’s not a lot of events almost completely populated by a multicultural crowd in Taiwan. It was also too small last year…they need to move to another venue.


#89

i had a similar experience, walked in and pretty much turned around again. it was pretty cramped!


#90

I walked in and saw the lines and left. I think the advertising must mostly target to the schools because it was all mostly people related to the education industry like students and teachers.

I’m not a student now but I remember when I was taking classes that I know of a lot more happenings in Taipei.


#91

[quote=“tango42”]I walked in and saw the lines and left. I think the advertising must mostly target to the schools because it was all mostly people related to the education industry like students and teachers.

I’m not a student now but I remember when I was taking classes that I know of a lot more happenings in Taipei.[/quote]
Yeah, that kind of threw me. When you posted about this the other night, I initially thought “Woo hoo! I’m in the know for a cool event!” And even after I looked at the relatively quiet Facebook page, I didn’t think that many people would know about it.

But yeah, A LOT of people seemed to know about it. I kind of assumed that between reddit and forumosa and Taiwanease I was vaguely in the know, but apparently, no, not at all.


#92

Does anybody have information on any of the locations of the restaurants that were serving food that day pet Taipei artist village?


#93

Most are catering services, and come from outside Taipei. There was a linkie somewhere…

EDIT:
ask: comidalatinaentaiwan@gmail.com

EDIT 2:
The organizer said:

So most have a small presence and sell on FB as catering services.


#94

BTW, there is another activity on May 8th. Same location. There will be food and dance.

CULTURAL PROGRAM 文化節目8 de mayo

12:00 - 12:15 welcome words by senior legislative Yuan
12:00 - 12時15分由資深立委歡迎語
12:15 - 12:30 Traditional Dresses Parade
12:15 - 12:30身著傳統服裝遊行
12:30 - 12:40 Traditional dresses and public photo shooting
12:30 - 12:40傳統禮服和公開照片拍攝
12:40 - 13:00 Tapas Workshop by Monica Sanchez (please enroll for this activity)
12:40 - 13:00小吃研討會由莫妮卡·桑切斯(請報名參加本次活動)
13:10 - 13:20 Traditional Jarabe Tapatio Dance by Latinheart Shows and Event Folkloric dance troupe
13:10 - 13:20 傳統JARABE Tapatio酒店舞蹈拉丁心臟展覽和活動民俗舞蹈團
13:20 - 13:30 Colombian Dance by "Yo Soy La Cumbia"
13:20 - 13:30 由“呦大豆香格里拉Cumbia的”哥倫比亞舞蹈
13:30 - 14:15 "Last Minute Latin Band"
13:30 - 14:15“最後一分鐘的拉丁樂隊”
14:00 - 14:20 "Tango Show"
14:00 - 14:20 “探戈秀”
14:30 - 17:00 "DJ TIO"
15:00 - 16:00 TACOS WORKSHOP please enroll for this activity
17:00 - 17:15 Kids Fun Time: Piñata
17:00 - 17:15 孩子們的樂趣時間:皮納塔
17:15 - 18:00 "Last Minute Latin Band"
17:15 - 18:00“最後一分鐘的拉丁樂隊”


#95

[quote=“lostinasia”][quote=“tango42”]I walked in and saw the lines and left. I think the advertising must mostly target to the schools because it was all mostly people related to the education industry like students and teachers.

I’m not a student now but I remember when I was taking classes that I know of a lot more happenings in Taipei.[/quote]
Yeah, that kind of threw me. When you posted about this the other night, I initially thought “Woo hoo! I’m in the know for a cool event!” And even after I looked at the relatively quiet Facebook page, I didn’t think that many people would know about it.

But yeah, A LOT of people seemed to know about it. I kind of assumed that between reddit and forumosa and Taiwanease I was vaguely in the know, but apparently, no, not at all.[/quote]

i’m not sure the extra people was due to my posting about the event on my Facebook page and twitter (apparently a lot of English teachers follow me!) I couldn’t make it but have been seeing photos from instagram… It’s too bad only one (Nala’s) of them seems to have a real shop.

This is the information that I’ve gathered

Las Adelitas
m.facebook.com/las-adelitas-1724303671138695

Nalas Mexican food
facebook.com/NALASmex/

I’ve asked Festival del Taco for the rest… hopefully easier for them to collect it than us.
facebook.com/taipeitacofestival/


#96

[quote=“hungryintaipei”]This is the information that I’ve gathered

Las Adelitas
m.facebook.com/las-adelitas-1724303671138695[/quote]
Wow, based on the Facebook page they have jalapeños and guajillos for sale! Definitely something to follow up on - thanks!


#97

Nala’s. Five minute walk from the library. Good stuff.


#98

[quote=“Icon”]BTW, there is another activity on May 8th. Same location. There will be food and dance.

CULTURAL PROGRAM 文化節目8 de mayo

12:00 - 12:15 welcome words by senior legislative Yuan
12:00 - 12時15分由資深立委歡迎語
12:15 - 12:30 Traditional Dresses Parade
12:15 - 12:30身著傳統服裝遊行
12:30 - 12:40 Traditional dresses and public photo shooting
12:30 - 12:40傳統禮服和公開照片拍攝
12:40 - 13:00 Tapas Workshop by Monica Sanchez (please enroll for this activity)
12:40 - 13:00小吃研討會由莫妮卡·桑切斯(請報名參加本次活動)
13:10 - 13:20 Traditional Jarabe Tapatio Dance by Latinheart Shows and Event Folkloric dance troupe
13:10 - 13:20 傳統JARABE Tapatio酒店舞蹈拉丁心臟展覽和活動民俗舞蹈團
13:20 - 13:30 Colombian Dance by "Yo Soy La Cumbia"
13:20 - 13:30 由“呦大豆香格里拉Cumbia的”哥倫比亞舞蹈
13:30 - 14:15 "Last Minute Latin Band"
13:30 - 14:15“最後一分鐘的拉丁樂隊”
14:00 - 14:20 "Tango Show"
14:00 - 14:20 “探戈秀”
14:30 - 17:00 "DJ TIO"
15:00 - 16:00 TACOS WORKSHOP please enroll for this activity
17:00 - 17:15 Kids Fun Time: Piñata
17:00 - 17:15 孩子們的樂趣時間:皮納塔
17:15 - 18:00 "Last Minute Latin Band"
17:15 - 18:00“最後一分鐘的拉丁樂隊”[/quote]

Is this still happening?


#99

[quote=“tango42”][quote=“Icon”]BTW, there is another activity on May 8th. Same location. There will be food and dance.

CULTURAL PROGRAM 文化節目8 de mayo

12:00 - 12:15 welcome words by senior legislative Yuan
12:00 - 12時15分由資深立委歡迎語
12:15 - 12:30 Traditional Dresses Parade
12:15 - 12:30身著傳統服裝遊行
12:30 - 12:40 Traditional dresses and public photo shooting
12:30 - 12:40傳統禮服和公開照片拍攝
12:40 - 13:00 Tapas Workshop by Monica Sanchez (please enroll for this activity)
12:40 - 13:00小吃研討會由莫妮卡·桑切斯(請報名參加本次活動)
13:10 - 13:20 Traditional Jarabe Tapatio Dance by Latinheart Shows and Event Folkloric dance troupe
13:10 - 13:20 傳統JARABE Tapatio酒店舞蹈拉丁心臟展覽和活動民俗舞蹈團
13:20 - 13:30 Colombian Dance by "Yo Soy La Cumbia"
13:20 - 13:30 由“呦大豆香格里拉Cumbia的”哥倫比亞舞蹈
13:30 - 14:15 "Last Minute Latin Band"
13:30 - 14:15“最後一分鐘的拉丁樂隊”
14:00 - 14:20 "Tango Show"
14:00 - 14:20 “探戈秀”
14:30 - 17:00 "DJ TIO"
15:00 - 16:00 TACOS WORKSHOP please enroll for this activity
17:00 - 17:15 Kids Fun Time: Piñata
17:00 - 17:15 孩子們的樂趣時間:皮納塔
17:15 - 18:00 "Last Minute Latin Band"
17:15 - 18:00“最後一分鐘的拉丁樂隊”[/quote]

Is this still happening?[/quote]

Yeah I need to know.
Btw, it would be so interesting to listen to legislators talking about tacos.
“On this beautiful day we gather to appreciate tacos and to form strong bonds between the local and the Mexican community. I am glad to have the opportunity to taste delicious tacos made from fine Taiwanese agricultural products. I hereby declare Taipei as the new taco capital of Asia, and shall make taco promotion a priority for the rest of my term, and the next, and hopefully the one after that. Let’s work hard to create a future filled with dreams and tacos.”

Oh I guess I’m high on jalapeños. Don’t mind me.


#100

[quote=“johnlockian”][quote=“tango42”][quote=“Icon”]BTW, there is another activity on May 8th. Same location. There will be food and dance.

CULTURAL PROGRAM 文化節目8 de mayo

12:00 - 12:15 welcome words by senior legislative Yuan
12:00 - 12時15分由資深立委歡迎語
12:15 - 12:30 Traditional Dresses Parade
12:15 - 12:30身著傳統服裝遊行
12:30 - 12:40 Traditional dresses and public photo shooting
12:30 - 12:40傳統禮服和公開照片拍攝
12:40 - 13:00 Tapas Workshop by Monica Sanchez (please enroll for this activity)
12:40 - 13:00小吃研討會由莫妮卡·桑切斯(請報名參加本次活動)
13:10 - 13:20 Traditional Jarabe Tapatio Dance by Latinheart Shows and Event Folkloric dance troupe
13:10 - 13:20 傳統JARABE Tapatio酒店舞蹈拉丁心臟展覽和活動民俗舞蹈團
13:20 - 13:30 Colombian Dance by "Yo Soy La Cumbia"
13:20 - 13:30 由“呦大豆香格里拉Cumbia的”哥倫比亞舞蹈
13:30 - 14:15 "Last Minute Latin Band"
13:30 - 14:15“最後一分鐘的拉丁樂隊”
14:00 - 14:20 "Tango Show"
14:00 - 14:20 “探戈秀”
14:30 - 17:00 "DJ TIO"
15:00 - 16:00 TACOS WORKSHOP please enroll for this activity
17:00 - 17:15 Kids Fun Time: Piñata
17:00 - 17:15 孩子們的樂趣時間:皮納塔
17:15 - 18:00 "Last Minute Latin Band"
17:15 - 18:00“最後一分鐘的拉丁樂隊”[/quote]

Is this still happening?[/quote]

Yeah I need to know.
Btw, it would be so interesting to listen to legislators talking about tacos.
“On this beautiful day we gather to appreciate tacos and to form strong bonds between the local and the Mexican community. I am glad to have the opportunity to taste delicious tacos made from fine Taiwanese agricultural products. I hereby declare Taipei as the new taco capital of Asia, and shall make taco promotion a priority for the rest of my term, and the next, and hopefully the one after that. Let’s work hard to create a future filled with dreams and tacos.”

Oh I guess I’m high on jalapeños. Don’t mind me.[/quote]

Yes, it is happening. Of course it is happening. Guys, I put the whole announcement in the Events Forum. With video. :frowning: