KoMex: Affordably delicious fusion foods
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Korean, Mexican and Chinese makes for a very tasty combination at restaurant
Near the corner of North Decatur and Washington sits a small restaurant; its facade surrounded by a few strings of neon lights.
Though it may not be much, KoMex Express specializes in some great Korean, Mexican, and Chinese fusion food. I had been meaning to check this restaurant out since I have been hearing friends talk about it for months. Little did I know what I was missing out on.
Patrons are not blown away by any flashy paintings or décor inside.The restaurant’s style is basic and bare — except for the restaurant goers filling the small space, occupying the seats at nearly every table.
The posted sign tells patrons to wait to be seated but with the two servers busy, I caught the eye of a server and motioned that I’d be taking a seat at an open table.
The menu is split into Fusion Specialties, Fusion Favorites, Mexican, Asian Favorites and American Favorites. I’d been keen to try out the fusion items: dishes traditional to one culture that borrow from and incorporate some elements from another.
For KoMex, this meant that a fusion taco or two was a must, so I ordered the tacos with Korean barbecue pork and beef. Served on warm corn tortillas, the steaming daeji gogi (pork) and bulgogi (beef) was topped with marinated cabbage, cilantro, onions and pico de gallo.
To amp up the Korean flavor, I added stir fried kimchi (fermented spicy cabbage) on top of the tacos.
The description of the fusion bulgogi nachos caught my eye: nacho chips topped with a marinated meat of one’s choice, along with mozzarella cheese, pico de gallo, jalapeno, and spicy Korean hot sauce? Yes, please.
I ordered a half order of Chicken Fusion nachos, far more than one person could ever eat on their own.
On the way out, I decided to order the kimchi fried rice with beef bulgogi, topped with a fried egg. This generous serving of fried rice combined with kimchi is good for two or three people.
Though the location isn’t close to campus, KoMex is just the type of restaurant perfect for the UNLV crowd: well-made and tasty food at inexpensive prices, perfect for the college student’s budget. If you’re over in that part of town, it is definitely a must-visit.
Even if you’re not on that part of town, KoMex is well worth the trip. What you spend in gas, you’ll more than make up for in delicious fusion food at reasonable prices.