Yuca Taco was the first food truck I discovered in Copenhagen, and it has been my favorite ever since. The self-taught amateur chef Jon Due Roe is extremely passionate about authentic Mexican street food. When he is not selling tacos he goes to Yucatán and other places in Mexico to learn the proper way of making their traditional dishes. The blue-painted Yuca Taco truck is rolling in the streets of Copenhagen half the year, during the spring and summer season from May till October. Its location varies from day to day, and the easiest way to keep track is to follow Yuca Taco’s Instagram account. In general, you will either find him in Stefansgade near Mikkeller & Friends or at the outdoor food market of Torvehallerne.
At Yuca Taco you’ll get one taco for DKK 25 and three tacos for DKK 70. That’s giveaway prices in my book! Two of the most common types of tacos on the menu are Cochinita Pibil and Lengua. The first is a slow-cooked suckling pig in sour orange and achiote chili – typically served with pickled onions. The latter is veal tongue in a guajillo mole sauce served with pickled chayote. Usually, there’s also a vegetarian option. All tortillas are proper homemade with corn flour, of course. In addition, Jon prepares traditional Mexican soft drinks Aguas Frescas. You’ll sometimes find Flor de Jamaica – a lime and floral hibiscus lemonade, Tamarindo – a refreshing and fruity tamarind lemonade, and Horchata made of ground nuts and seeds.
I can’t visit Copenhagen without a meal from Jon’s food truck during the season. After a six-hour lunch serving at Noma last summer, Vinstudinen and I were ready for a taco or two from Yuca Taco. We had ordered a glass of Champagne at the wine bar Antidote in Jægersborggade, and we knew that the blue Volkswagen was parked around the corner in Stefansgade. Unfortunately, by the time we had reached the bottom of our glasses and moved on, Jon had closed the kitchen for the day. He had time to talk with us, though, and told us that he was headed for Valby for a special event at Timm Vladimir’s Køkken. We gave Jon our promise that we would make it there, but we had to attend our dinner reservation at Stedsans at ØsterGRO first …
Six hours later, after a hearty dinner at Stedsans, we headed off on our bikes again. It was past midnight, and Valby was 7 kilometers from Østerbro, but our feet were strong. The bikes brought us there in less than 20 minutes. We went straight over to the Yuca Taco truck and were met by a very surprised look from Jon. He remembered our chat from earlier, but had not expected us to actually show up. At least not at this hour. Once again, it looked like we were out of luck: Jon had no tacos left. He was sold out! However, due to our apparent taco craze and extreme dedication, Jon decided to give us the last pieces of tacos which he had saved for himself. The two most succulent and tender pieces of lengua – veal’s tongue. What a guy!
Taco truck season should be just around the corner. Will you visit Yuca Taco this year? Please leave a comment below.
Please note: This food truck has since been sold to new owners.