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Pizza Taco

Sometimes “foreign food” is REALLY foreign in Japan. Like “Mayo Con Beef Tacos.” Or, even more mysterious, “Egg Feeling Tacos.” Basically: Anything in a folded tortilla? It’s a taco!

A first I was puzzled by why “pizza” was mentioned – since it seems to be missing from the menu altogether – but I bet they’re using Italian tomato sauce instead of Mexican style. The Mexican food I’ve had in Tokyo has been universally awful. Bland. Or spicy, but not in a good way. The Italian food is almost always great, though, so I suspect that Mediterranean flavors resonate more with the Japanese palate than Central American flavors.

The weird thing is, if you step away from the idea of what a taco should be, the “tacos” on that menu are probably pretty tasty. I’ll go back and try them someday when the place is open, and experience what Japanese visitors to the U.S. feel when they go to a sushi bar and are confronted by a Dragon Roll.

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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  1. “Anything in a folded tortilla? It’s a taco!” Welp that is exactly what a taco is, bean tacos, we mexican eat egg tacos too :P! So they got the right concept I guess! Once I saw tacos in Corea with Olives and Parmesan…

    This is amusing to read :)! Keep it up!

    • Sorry I didn’t see your comment until now! Thank you for telling me about the olive and parmesan Korean taco. I love that people aren’t attached to what a taco *should* be, and they come up with new things that taste good. It’s the same with sushi in America – they make “sushi rolls” that have tempura, avocado, spicy mayo, and many kinds of fish jumbled together. Japanese people laugh and say “that’s not sushi!” but when they try it, they think it’s pretty good!

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