November is all about trying dishes from other regions/cultures! Since even within one culture there is a huge range of foods, I decided to focus on either popular food or “street food” to narrow it down and learn a bit about the street vendor market in other cultures.
Week 1: Mexican
Week 2: French
Week 3: Korean
Week 4: Indian
Week 5: North Africa/Middle East
My choice for a Mexican dish was Tacos al Pastor and Arroz rojo! Tacos seems to be a popular street food in areas of Mexico, so it was an easy choice. I modified the recipe from epicurious to fit my available ingredients, though I have since found guajillo chile in the market. I also didn’t top the finished tacos with more pineapple, since I wanted a spicier taco, rather than a sweeter one. The meat was cooked and put in the corn tortillas then topped with chopped onion, cilantro and goat cheese. The results?
Delicious! I want to eat these every week. The meat was really the star, which is odd coming from someone who doesn’t often make meat dishes. I only had those three corn tortillas, but the meat and fixings were awesome on tortilla chips as well. That also added a nice crunch, but I could eat them either way.
The rice was from Food Network and it was ok. It was a bit bland, so next time I would add more spice to it.
Next week: French crepes!