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Sunrise Tacos

Posted date:  June 29, 2007


Mexican is a cuisine that one is pretty hard-pressed to find in Bangkok. Thus there was something of a buzz in Bangkok (OK, essentially an email from a friend) when a new taco shop opened off of Sukhumvit.

Compelled to investigate, I ordered three soft tacos (pictured above), which in the Mexican style, are served open-faced and topped with your choice of meat: chicken, seasoned ground beef, carnitas, carne asada and barbacoa beef. I went with carnitas and carne asada and found them both to be pretty good. The corn tortillas weren’t bad either, but the entire taco package was brought down by shoddy toppings (shredded iceberg lettuce, tinned jalapeƱos and “cheese”) and a sweet, slightly artificial tasting salsa (“John’s Red Hot Salsa”). Inexcusable really, considering that most the requisite taco ingredients, including some of those lacking at Sunshine (cilantro, lime, onions) are available fresh here in Bangkok.

Burritos and chips and salsa/guacamole are also available, as well as a couple plate dishes. Sunrise Tacos is a located a short walk from Asoke BTS station and is open 24 hours.

For obsessively in-depth insight into the Los Angeles taco scene, including images of real tacos, visit The Great Taco Hunt.

Sunrise Tacos
No. 236/3-4 Sukhumvit
02 229 4851

8 Comments for Sunrise Tacos

To put it bluntly then, bastardized tacos?

I don’t mind lettuce in my tacos. It looks like your tacos are a hybrid between real tacos and Taco Bell tacos. Have they Taco Bell in BKK?

I remember when I lived overseas (Thailand, Vietnam) that it was impossible to ever find any good Mexican food.

That’s not so bad. In Paris they only have 2 meat choices (chicken and ground beef) and the cheese is….(I hope you are sitting down)…SWISS!!! The horror, the horror!!!

cynthia: Um… uh… yeah, maybe, although I hesitate to put in those terms!

anon: Nope, no Taco Bell here. Tacos, and Mexican food in general have not caught on among Thais. My guess is too much beef and beans.

shoshauna: I imagine that’s the case in most places, except maybe parts of the US.

annapurna: Ugh… Why is cheese always such a factor in Mexican food served abroad? I’ve read that in Mexico cheese isn’t piled on virtually every dish as is the case with Mexican elsewhere.

Also, the don’t look like soft tacos at all, they look quite crispy, as if perhaps they are made from, yuck, preformed taco shells! A real soft taco doesn’t have cheese anyway or lettuce for that matter — just a soft corn tortilla with grilled meat (sometimes stewed, but grilled is better), topped with some cilantro, onions and salsa — it should be very simple. I guess we’re pretty lucky that we can get pretty great Thai food and amazing tacos in the same city.

This place is the BEST.
your missing out if you don’t try it.

Heard they are also delivering through ChefsXPress too (coming soon). Be sure to check them out at http://www.chefsXP.com

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