SPOTLIGHT: Chiptole Shrimp Tacos from Takumi Taco

Where from?
Takumi Taco in Urbanspace Vanderbilt
230 Park Ave, New York, NY 10169

As a part of the Kate & Roselle go to lunch on Thursdays saga, we ended up at Urbanspace Vanderbilt.

I was only going to order tacos and I liked the sound of chipotle shrimp. At first I thought it was 2 tacos for $4.85 (or something like that). But apparently it was only for one so the cashier told me “do you just want the bento it comes with a side salad and a side of your choice?” I suckered in and said yes, the total with tax came out to $12.75. Which is an averge city price for a lunch meal around here.

I asked her what the best side is and she gave me the choice between Japanese rice & beans and this grilled corn salad. I chose the grilled corn salad. I should have went with the rice & beans because the corn salad was a little mediocre for my taste. I think it would have been fine without the corn. But the side salad with just the greens were good because I liked the dressing they’ve splashed on it.

Did I finish my meal? YES. The tacos were amazing! I loved the crunch shell and the chipotle sauce with the shrimp was an amazing combo. I fought hard to finish the corn salad but I did because I didn’t want to waste my $12.75, lol. I’ll try the rice & beans next time.

 I love the little baggies they put the food in! (spot my friend’s taco in the back lol)

Chicken with Garlic Sauce


Here’s a little recipe I made the other day that came out yummy!



  • 1 package of cubed cut chicken breast (I bought the pre-cut packaged in the grocery store, you can buy chicken breast and cut it yourself)
  • 1 cup breading of your choice (I chose italian shake and bake)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • oil
  • green onions (OPTIONAL)


  • Take out chicken (chop in cubes if you didn’t buy it pre-cut)
  • Mince the garlic
  • Combine breading and 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Bread the chicken in the breading+powder mix
  • Put fire into medium heat
  • Pour in oil until it covers the pan
  • Fry the chicken until cooked
  • Take out the chicken and set aside
  • Lower fire to low heat
  • Using the same pan, add 1 tsp more oil
  • Add the garlic and cook until light brown
  • Add the 2 tbsp oyster sauce, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp of garlic salt
  • Mix the sauce until all are mixed together
  • Add the chicken back in and mix until the chicken is soaked in garlic sauce
  • If you have green onions, chop em up and add them to the dish!

This recipe is very “tweak-able.” You can adjust it to your own liking!
I love this because it’s so easy yet so tasty! Enjoy cooking and eating this!

are you vegetarian? then substitute the chicken with TOFU!