Making Authentic Mexican Tacos
[AIKO] Hello world! Where I’m from in Canada, this is what making a real Mexican Taco is like. My friend Ximena has a taco restaurant, and her dad is the chef… [XIMENA’S DAD] Since I was a kid, I really enjoyed to cook, so I always cooked with my parents. I always spent time in the kitchen with my mom. [AIKO] …and her whole family works there. [XIMENA’S DAD] Most of them are the traditional Mexican recipes like the Carnitas is The same recipe as we will have in Mexico [AIKO] Now we’re gonna make tacos ourselves. [XIMENA’S DAD] Mix it gentle. Like just put a little bit of water Just put half for the beginning, and you’re gonna like you’re gonna mix the water with the corn flour [SHIN] Like this much?
[XIMENA’S DAD] A little bit more, maybe. [SHIN] Then mix it? [XIMENA’S DAD] Yup. Just start mixing. Slowly, Just so you don’t miss the flour from the bowl. [AIKO] So Ximena’s dad brought a finished one so we can see how soft it has to be. [SHIN] Oh my god!
[XIMENA’S DAD] Is it close to this one? So it’s hard to make it to a ball, because it has water, so it goes in little pieces. [XIMENA’S DAD] Yeah, this looks pretty good. The way we normally do it in Mexico, like in every house, they will have one of these. No, that’s very big. You have to make like a little more than a ball. [SHIN] I’m the fastest!
[XIMENA’S DAD] You can use… This is wax paper, but you can use any plastic or… Very tiny Tortilla. Don’t–no, you have to put… You have to put both, otherwise it sticks. Yeah That’s okay We can redo it. You want to cook yours? Okay, let’s cook one of yours. We have to be really careful with this grill, because this is really really hot. Tortillas just take 60 seconds to cook, okay? So we’re just gonna put it on top, like this, and let the grill do the work. So you can press a little bit, just so it’s all cooked even. You want the tortilla to pop because… when it mixes with the water it creates steam in the middle. So that’s gonna cook the inside of the tortilla. That’s pretty quick. It’s popping a little bit. [GREG] Go fast, fast. There you go, you had it. [XIMENA’S DAD] So you see, this one is steaming. when they start to steam it’s the moment to flip it. You can flip this one.
[GREG] Shin, flip it! quick! It’s steaming. Oh, nice flip.
[XIMENA’S DAD] Niiiice. [GREG] Watch out, Shin. Oh, oh. Wo-ho-ho! [SHIN] It almost went in the (?) [GREG] That was close, Shin. [SHIN] I make it hot, I make it hot, I make it hot, hot, hot. [AIKO] After we cooked the tacos we got to put toppings in it [XIMENA’S DAD] Carnitas… [SHIN] No meat.
[GREG] No meat, Shin? [SHIN] Yeah, vegetarian. [GREG] “Three cheese Shin’s special taco”. Okay, what else you getting, Shin? [SHIN] Fish. [GREG] Oh, fish.
[XIMENA’S DAD] We’re gonna have to warm that up. [GREG] Oh, you have to warm it up, Shin. What are we gonna do? Oh! Look, Shin. Oooh! Be careful, Shin. [SHIN] 3, 2, 1…0! [XIMENA’S DAD] You want to melt the cheese?
[AIKO] Yeah. [XIMENA] Dad, only today I’ll put… [EVERYONE] Cheers! [XIMENA’S DAD] Good? [GREG] Let’s see Shin. What do you think, Shin? [XIMENA’S DAD] That’s your creation.
[SHIN] Good. [GREG] Yeah? [SHIN] This is my creation. [GREG] I know it’s your creation. What about you, Ximena? [XIMENA] It’s good. The first time I thought pico de gallo was good. [GREG] Aiko?
[AIKO] It’s good. [SHIN] This is very good. [XIMENA’S DAD] I think it’s actually pretty good. Yeah future in Mexican cooking [SHIN] So are you gonna put it on the menu? So how about we can just put a poster “at October we have the fish in this taco”. It was really, really hard. It was more than what I expect. It was my -well- my first time opening a restaurant, and in a different country than mine. So yeah, it was really hard, but it’s really worth it. I’m really happy now [SHIN] Thanks for watching! See you next time! Bye! What are tacos like where you’re from?