We Vancouverites love Korean food. And we can’t get enough tacos.
Now, we have another spot to combine the best of both worlds, with the opening of Yaletown’s Milssam Tacorea (1130 Mainland Street).
The new spot takes its name from the word for a Korean dish called milssam, which consists of small crepes with thinly sliced meat and veg and which resembles a taco, and a linguistic mash-up (taco + Korea = Tacorea).
Owner Eric Lee isn’t new to the industry: he opened Damso Korean restaurant on Denman back in 2011, following it up with a second location three years later on Bute Street. Lee was ready to take his next venture in a different direction and zeroed in on one of his best-sellers for the latest addition to the city’s taco scene.
The resto’s namesake item consists of beef belly, onion, lettuce, and gochujang vin. Other variations include spicy pork, cauliflower (with black-bean mole), barbecued red chicken (with ginger-scallion chimichurri), seafood ceviche, and kalbee brisket, to name some. The tacos range in price from $4 to $7.
Share plates include kimchi-and-jalapeno-studded kalbee nachos, apple-kimchi salad, and Korean black-bean mole, with jjajang, bacon, pickles, corn, onion, and cabbage.
Dessert comes in three forms: a yuzu snowman with Asian-citrus sorbet (a Damso signature treat), hottok (a Korean filled pancake) and churros, or a six-inch souffle-like cheesecake for two from Mr. Osmad. The latter comes hot out of the oven every half hour. (Take-out is available for this $12 number, and strawberry compote is an optional add-on for $1.50).
The drinks list is equally bicultural, with assorted Jarritos (a brand of pop from Mexico), Mexican Coke, Chilsung cider (“Korean 7-Up”), a Korean version of rice drink given the nae shikhae horchata), and more.
If you’re wondering what to expect in terms of the food’s heat or if you have a timid palate and were thinking of asking for a mild spice level, the menu makes it pretty clear what you’re in for: “Because we are cooking Korean Mexican food, most of food will taste either spicy or spicy. Please enjoy spicy food.”
Milssam Tacorea is open seven days a week from 12 noon to midnight.More