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It is well known that Mexico and Japan have one of the most delicious cuisines in the world, but can you imagine the extraordinary flavor of a fusion between the two? Maybe you won’t have to imagine it, because you may have the opportunity to experience it yourself.
How can we create the perfect fusion between the two? Maybe we would add some rice, a spicy flavor, boldness and passion and we get the Japanese-Mexican fusion.
Some restaurants have been creative enough to discover the potential of traditional dishes and they turned it into something entirely new. They took the main ingredients of each one of them.
In the case of Japan we can’t forget the fish, rice, seaweed, shoyu (soy sauce) or wasabi and in Mexico everything is about corn, beans, chili peppers, avocado and even lard (which is not that healthy guys).
This new trend is getting really popular around the US, especially in Las Vegas and New York. The problem is Americans can’t distinguish between real Mexican food and Tex-Mex. Nope, it’s not the same. Some restaurants serve different options of a sushi burrito with flour tortilla which is close, but no cigar.
Nevertheless, other places have a more accurate approach to Mexican food. There’s an option to eat tostadas with different kind of fish used in sushi and guacamole.
A restaurant with unique recipes is Taka Taka in New York. They grant us with the opportunity of tasting sushi tacos. You can choose between fried tuna with pico de gallo or even a cilantro shrimp tempura.
Now a quick fun fact about tempura: this classic Japanese dish consisting of ingredients being battered and deep fried is originally from Portugal.
Talking about Mexico itself, we find this kind of fusion literally everywhere. The reason is that we’ve taken our favorite Mexican ingredients into the dishes. Just think about your favorite Japanese restaurant, they serve you a spicy soy sauce with chopped chili peppers, don’t they? Or don’t you just love breaded sushi? Or filled with cream cheese? Sorry to disappoint you, but that’s not actually Japanese.
However, you don’t have anything to be worried about because Japan does the same thing. They have ‘Japanized’ our food as well, they even have a ramen dish called taco soup or they serve white rice tacos. Mexican food is so scarce in Japan that many restaurants have no idea of what an actual Mexican dish looks like, they even think that selling you beef with ketchup would do the deal.
Both cuisines are extraordinary and are extremely different, but even so, they make an incredible flavor team. You could take a chance and try out this extravagant fusion and maybe you’ll be able to find your next favorite dish.