NaanTaco July 03

The Indo-Taco!

Out walking and far from home last weekend, I was struck by the sudden need to acquire about a thousand calories. Lucky for me, there was a Mos Burger conveniently located within  staggering distance. The Japanese equivalent of McDonald’s, Mos Burger’s claim to fame is a burger topped with a sunny-side-up egg. (This is a cultural mystery on which I can offer zero insight.)

Anyway, I whipped inside, and – not exactly craving an egg-burger – I saw this month’s special was the Naan Taco! Okay, first of all, if I had to pick two cuisines that would make the world’s strangest bed partners, Indian and Mexican would have to win. Spicy, but in totally different ways, I was dying to see how a mass market burger chain would sell that to a public that doesn’t even like spicy in one way.

It was…interesting. The tortilla chip crumbs, lettuce, tomato and Cheese Wiz all pretty much tasted as expected, but the oddly dark ground meat foundation was a marvel of sweetish strangeness, revealing that Japanese focus groups apparently don’t hate cumin. I did eat the whole thing, though. Go figure.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo Mystery Series, published by Penguin/Intermix.

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