PNU’s Taco’s Family
Up the street that sells jeans, shiny jewelry and waffles then round the corner on the right with the big blue store sign advertising glasses (half of which are probably without lenses and just for style). Walk down the chicken food street where I get whiffs of fried chicken, roasted whole chicken and beer and bbq chicken. Eventually on my left I come up to this little taste of home. Not exactly because Mexican is what I’m used to (Colombian and Ecuadorian dishes are different) but because the ingredients the owner/cook uses all seem to come from Costco. On the right wall he has stapled a mix of various food labels, many which bear the brand of “Kirkland.” Hard shelled tacos, soft shelled tacos, hot sauce, tomato sauce (the label is extra large as is customary of Costco to supersize). On the left, there are containers of Kool-Aid. Kool-Aid! Not sure if I can order that but I do know that I can order a cherry coke, whereby he actually mixes in the cherry-flavor right there. I order a chimichanga. It comes soft with a bit of a crunchiness to it- almost just right except I wish there was more. Upon serving the plate, he walks over to his computer and starts his Latin music playlist with a lot of Maná on it. After finishing the meal, I take my time to sip my sweetly flavored soda, thinking how strange it is that I am an alien enjoying Mexican food made with American brand ingredients in South Korea.