Real Love for Fake Taco
Foodora Toronto hosts Good Food Tour events every once in a while, and I was lucky enough to score an invite to their first bite chef series starring Aminah Haghighi of Fake Taco.
I was intrigued by the name, I mean, I love REAL tacos but what’s a fake taco? Aminah explained that she loved to have fun with her creations and they weren’t really what you would call an ‘authentic’ Mexican dish. She throws ingredients together she thinks will complement each other and makes it work, and while most authentic dishes contain meat and dairy products, hers were 100% vegan.
I didn’t understand. What about the cheese? What about the pulled pork, steak or chicken? What about the sour cream in the dip!? Would this be something I would be into? (Spoiler alert: YES).
We were served a delicious meal, starting with chips and Fake Taco’s Quatro Salsa, which included layers of guac, pico de gallo, cashew sour cream, and wonderful vegan cheese sauce (Fake Taco teamed up with Michelle’s Raw Foodz, whose specialty cheese sauce is out of this world. I was thrilled to see I got a jar of my very own to take home in the gift bag. Yum!)
The main dish was Aminah’s very own Jackfruit Al Pastor tacos. We were able to craft our very own vegan tacos on a pink beet tortilla (fun, right?) with different toppings (cilantro, Spanish onions, pineapple). She let us know that the ripe jackfruit had been slow cooking for 12 hours before being ‘pulled’, like you would to pork or chicken. It included some roasted pineapple, onion and homemade adobo and it was the perfect combination. I thought the texture really mimicked what I was used to with pulled pork or chicken, and I went back for seconds. I bet I could have served these tacos to my meat loving friends and they wouldn’t have noticed they were vegan (Well, right away at least).
Michelle’s Raw Foodz served up a chocolate pudding for dessert that too was 100% vegan with ingredients like coconut milk power and palm sugar, cacao powder and butter, maple sugar and vanilla extract. It was one of those dishes that actually tasted naughty when it was actually nice! Not too heavy and perfect if you’re a dark chocolate lover, like me.
The Fix Toronto also served up The Fix Fojitos, which combined pineapple juice, cucumber, lime and cilantro. No alcohol (note, FOjitos) since we were living that #healthylife and just as refreshing as it sounds and it really complimented the meal. I would love to try and make it myself at home.
Getting hungry? Well you’re in luck! Starting today, (October 25, 2017) Fake Taco is exclusively available on the Foodora App! So tap that app, order up some lunch and try something new! Your taste buds and Instagram account will thank you!
Until Next Event X
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Hey! I'm Sarah! A 30 something living in downtown Toronto with a great guy and an OK dog. I love seeing what my city has to offer and try to hit up as many fun events or attractions as I can! I haven't slept since 2004.