Created at the end of the 90’s in the suburbs of Lyon, exactly in the hood of “La Grappiniere”, Vaulx-en-Velin’s city, French Tacos became a huge success in France from its sudden development from Lyon to Paris and has grown in Europe and North Africa in the past few years.
It’s origins come from the Algerian dish eaten by the Moudjahidines soldiers, the Kesret Chahma: a galette with grease, shakshuka…
So why “tacos” as a name? The legend comes from the story of Nordine and Habib, known in Lyon as the two “french tacos” creators. They wanted to reproduce the dish of their mom. For this, they used a tortilla, added shakshuka, meat and french fries and then closed it. At the same moment, a kid entered in their butcher shop and asked about that special product. Habib, with no hesitation, replied: it’s “a tacos”! Then, the young boy tried and love it! From this, French Tacos grew in the area and became a popular meal in Lyon and its suburbs.
Eating this meal since his middle school years, Julien, the founder of Hey Pelo, a native of the Lyon’s outskirts (like the French Tacos!), dreamt about it since his arrival in Hanoi in 2016. After a few months in Hanoi, he met his wife and partner: Phuong.
“When there’s no French Tacos in the city you live in, better to make your own!”
It’s in December 2018, that started the adventure “Hey Pelo”, the first French Tacos restaurant in Vietnam, and one of the first in Asia. Since the opening, thousands and thousands of Vietnamese & international customers have come to taste this brand new street food meal in Hanoi and discover its new flavors.