First published on 9 Apr 2010. Updated on 11 Aug 2011.
Medium-sized pliable rounds of thin, yellow and rough corn tortillas ($13.50) are about as Mexican as it gets – unfortunately. If you must, steer towards the lightly spiced, mildly spicy shredded beef instead of the bland chicken. Although not quite tender, this flat plate of meat and veggies is a good match for the runny guacamole. 32 Lorong Mambong (6462 1650). Take a taxi or bus 106.
The Mexican Taco
These tacos ($7.50) overflow with shreds of pre-cooked beef similar to spicy kimchi-flavoured strips, a heap of shredded lettuce and a generous dollop of pink mayo dressing. This is not quite the bare-bones-yet-robust Mexican street food we were looking for – seems the Mexican chef has integrated well into Singapore fast-food tastes. Rather too well, perhaps. Stall 13, Plaza by the Park, 51 Bras Basah Rd (8113 6295, www.themexicantacobar.com). MRT: Dhoby Ghaut.
Beef, pork and cochinita pibil (marinated suckling pork) tacos ($21.80-$23.80 for a plate of five) have only recently been added to the menu at this ‘beach club’. Of the excellent trio, the creamy, marinated pulled pork stood out for its sweet, warm puréed-bean-like taste and texture. It comes a little sour and spicy with sides of marinated red onions and a red citrus-chilli salsa. 1390 East Coast Parkway (6443 3005, www.myrasbeachclub.com). Take a taxi.
The meat on Señor’s pork tacos ($2.50 each) slices off a little dry and has the saltiness of jerky – possibly because it comes off a rotating vertical spit – but the hot, smooth corn tortilla, chopped onions and fresh cilantro make them simple, palatable and well-balanced two-bite eats. The same goes for the fragrant ground-beef tacos ($3 each). #01-12 Blk 3D River Valley Rd (9118 4155, www.senortaco.sg). MRT: Clarke Quay.
The best tacos aren’t actually called ‘tacos’ on this menu, but Pork Carnitas ($24) – tender, massive pork pieces served with a side basket of warm tortillas. The pork is boiled in a concoction of lime and spices until it pulls apart gently. It’s then cubed and deep-fried to get its crisp texture. We suggest smothering it with the robust, dried chilli salsa. 23 Cuppage Rd (6235 0440). MRT: Somerset.