Reader: "Asian-Mexican" Food Just Shows That Denver Has No Culinary Identity

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

After blending the flavors and street-food stylings of Mexico, Korea and other Asian and Latin American countries at his food truck, Chuey Fu's, for years, Joe Knoblich finally has a permanent home for his efforts. Chuey Fu's Latin-Asian Grub is open at 1131 Santa Fe Drive, in a space that previously housed Nate's Crown Liquors. But while his eatery may be settled, the question of what constitutes Asian-Mexican street food is not. Says Zechoriah: 

It's because Denver has no culinary identity. Even most of the Mexican folks here have never been down south and can only make "gringo" food. Any city that highlights its burgers and pizza as special is no better than some fool from Ohio who puts mayonnaise on his food.

But Rebecca has a good explanation: 

Actually, it is quite common as many Chinese immigrants settled in Mexico during the time they worked on the railroads.

Have you tried the Asian-Mexican fare at Chuey Fu's (whether at the mobile or brick-and-mortar location)? Have you found it at other spots around town?

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.