Korean food in Tijuana


I finally made it out to this Korean restaurant in Tijuana after hearing good things about the food from two people I know. For my first meal here, I ordered a tasty “hemul enchilado,” a spicy seafood and rice dish (see below) accompanied with a bowl of soup.

Kimchi Mix is owned by a Korean family, and they weren’t exactly chatty but they did tell me that there are about “four or five” other Korean restaurants in Tijuana and that half of Kimchi Mix’s clientele is Mexican and half is Korean. I don’t think they get a lot of tourists, in part because of its location in the eastern part of the city.

While trying to learn more about the Korean community and kimchi in Tijuana, I came across a paper by two Mexico researchers about Korean investment in Mexico. Korean companies are among other Asian industries that have opened up manufacturing factories along the Mexican border. But the Korean tie to Mexico goes further back than that, according to a Los Angeles Times article about Korean Mexicans who arrived in the southern part of the country in the early 1900s.

Kimchi Mix has been around for about three years, and I had actually seen the restaurant from afar but wrongly assumed it a Japanese restaurant (quite a few of those here). It wasn’t until a local told me that there was a Korean restaurant near the Carl’s Junior across from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, did I realize what  I had been missing. Interestingly, Kimchi Mix’s menus don’t include Korean tacos- at least not yet –  in contrast to what has become quite a Korean taco craze in Los Angeles and beyond. 

If you go: Kimchi Mix is open Monday through Friday, from noon to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m and meals are roughly $5-$7. It’s located in the Otay Universidad section of Tijuana, at the intersection of Calzado Tecnologico and Las Lomas, across the street from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California’s most western edge – near the Carl’s Junior restaurant. Go here for a Google map reference.



9 responses to “Korean food in Tijuana

  1. was surfing for great korean food and as a korean veteran many many years ago iwas interested in your web site alot of korean food is basically made while the people work in the rice paddies or other work later in the day the people gather around to enjoy fish and other great korean food my favorite was and is kimichi MUCH MUCH CAUTION on opening a can or jar of kiminchi TAKE IT OUT SIDE YOUR HOUSE to open it up as it is fermented and tends to have gas built up in the jar or can best to point it away from yourself and others when opening it up as it tends to spray out very very messy OH YES it taste so so good best regardes tony palmer korean police action veteran yes korea was technically a polie action best regardes friends tony and lenatta in mexico city mx

  2. customer service is very good there
    are very nice
    and the food is very good.

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Ari! I’ve been planning on returning there soon myself.

  4. denada, realmente es un agradable lugar, no se si ya regresaste, ya remodelaron jejej,

    ok y en el mensaje que escribi arriba, el NO, haz como si no existiera, es un error de dedo jeje 😀

  5. I am really intersted to go to Mexico to learn the Mexican food.
    But I heard it is really dangerous to go there , especailly for the foregner.

    But this restaurant makes me wondering if it is ok even to open an restaurant in Tijuana?..or..
    Pls advise me.

    Thank you!!

  6. wish to have name of the korean restaurant and address or phone numbers if you have.

    Thank you for information

  7. This restaurant has been changed totally.
    You can visit http://www.facebook.com/kimchimix for more information.

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