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Mexi-Korean Medley

August 04, 2014
Palms LA Kitchen and Bar

Despite a shared appreciation for fresh ingredients and zesty flavours, the relatively recent concept of Korean-Mexican cuisine might seem an odd coupling, even more so when said fusion fare is found in, of all places, Beijing. But, one bite into a kimchi quesadilla and we’re sure you’ll agree this is a classic case of culinary opposites attracting. Recently opened Palms LA Kitchen and Bar in Dongcheng takes much-loved Mexi-Cali staples like burritos and tacos, and stuffs them with spicy Seoul street food to create a gastronomic medley that’s fun, vibrant and flavourful.

Hidden down a small hutong alley near Jiugulou Dajie, the unfussy, wooden-beamed space may be diminutive, with just enough room for a small bar, communal bench plus a smattering of two-seater tables, but the menu more than makes up for it with bold, tantalising tastes. Start with sharable snacks like spicy k-town fries and that signature kimchi quesadilla, followed by tacos packed with barbeque pork smothered in zingy sriracha sour cream, and kalbi beef ribs with spicy guacamole. Korean staple bibimbap also makes a Latin-tinged appearance with Mexican rice, fresh coriander, stretchy cheese and a sprinkling of seaweed. The concise drinks list also references south of the border with offerings like el imigrante – made with yerba mate-infused vodka – and the sangria-esque cali-motcho. The word is out, so book ahead.

14 Zhangwang Hutong / Dongcheng / +86 10 6405 4352 / 11.30am-2.30pm & 6pm-midnight Tue-Sun
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