For many people, traveling is an opportunity to expand their culinary palate–to taste flavors and experience textures one simply can’t find at the local supermarket. But those tarantula legs in Cambodia, dried silkworm larvae in Korea and escargot in Paris are not my idea of a good trip. In fact, I may be the least adventurous eater on the planet–except when it comes to Mexican food. Whether it’s a hole in the wall taco joint in Seoul or a South of the border bistro in Siem Reap, I’m always on the lookout for the world’s best enchilada and eager to sample anything slathered in salsa.
So when Steve and I ambled upon Taco Casa in Ubud, Bali, I knew precisely what we were eating for dinner.
The menu was filled with burritos, tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas (these foreign words were even spelled correctly, the first sign that the restauranteurs know their Mexican) but would they be truly authentic 9,724 miles away from Mexico? Our meal began with the nachos grande, and from the first bite, bursting with refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, jalepenos and tender grilled chicken, I knew my tastebuds were in business.
Over the 12 days we spent in Ubud, we ate at Taco Casa a total of 10 times, causing the waitresses to double over with laughter more and more each time we stepped through the door. But the more we tasted–chicken quesadillas with black beans, eight layer wet burritos, veggie enchiladas–the less interested we were in eating anywhere else.
I may be a gastronomically challenged traveler, but as a California native, Mexican food is one thing I am always game to try.
Want more Mexican in Southeast Asia? Check out my previous post, 3 Authentic Mexican Restaurants in Southeast Asia.