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Latin Food Myths

July 25, 2017Read More

Latin Food Is NOT Mexican Food

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about a Latino Restaurant is that the food is going to be Mexican latino restaurantfood. This is a huge misconception. Mexican food is it’s own style of cuisine. Yes, there may be Latin American influences but it is NOT the sole style of Latin American cooking. This is a big myth, but not the only myth permeating Latin American dishes.

In fact widen your gaze. Latin food incorporates everything from:

  • Costa Rica
  • Honduras
  • Cuba
  • Puerto Rico
  • Argentina
  • Peru
  • Columbia
  • El Salvador
  • Paraguay
  • Ecuador
  • Bolivia

Yes, Mexico is on that list..but it is not the sole contributor to Latino food

The point I am making here is Mexican food is a very narrow view of all the flavors, tastes, culture, and history surrounding the rest of South America, Central America and The Caribbean. So the key is to pull out what Mexican creations are stereotypes, hybrids etc.

And while we explore stereotypes..what you think is Mexican, isn’t really Mexican?

Most of the Mexican food in America isn’t Mexican at all. It is a mixture of Mexican and American called Tex-Mex. Many people think this is Latin food but it is more of a caricature of Mexican food than Latin food.

latino foodLatin Cooking is Not a Mexican Food Stereotype

Mexican food, which is really Tex Mex, contributes heavily to the stereotype that Latin food is just like Mexican food. This is again not true and some of the myths that go along with this thinking are:

  • All Latin Food Is Fried
  • Every meal has tortillas
  • Every meal has beans and rice

Again this is a stereotype. There are many Latino dishes that do not have any of this. Open a Latino cookbook and you will see dishes that have no resemblance at all to this caricature of Mexican, or Tex-Mex which involves frying some form of tortilla and then serving it with rice and beans.

An even bigger misnomer is that Latin food follows a few rigid culinary customs. But even in many of the Latin countries food will change by region, adding considerable variation to the taste. So many dishes that are actual authentic Latin dishes will have different variations.

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Another misnomer is that all Latin food is indigenous to South America or the Caribbean. Just like in United States, waves of immigrants have come to South America and have added new flavors into the food. Centuries before the settlement of North America by Europeons,  much of the South American food made its way into Europe which had a huge impact on Europeon food.

Even inside a country, there are regional tastes..

Taste the variety for yourself at our Latin Lunch Buffet

But the proof is in the pudding. Check out our delicious and versatile Latin buffet in Williamsburg at El Sabroson. Yes you may find the occasional Mexican specialty on both our menu and our lunch buffet but it is one of many cultures contributing to the dishes that we offer.

Link To Our Latin Lunch Buffet in Williamsburg

 


References

10 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT LATIN FOOD

 Your Bibliography: Cosmopolitan. (2017). 10 Common Misconceptions About Latin Food. [online] Available at: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/food-cocktails/news/a33062/10-misconceptions-about-latin-food-everyone-has/ [Accessed 25 Jul. 2017].

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Williamsburg Steak With A Latin Twist

January 24, 2017Read More

El Sabroson Mexican and Latin Restaurant in Williamsburg is packed full of dishes from Mexico and Latin America. Naturally they are authentic in the sense that they are prepared like they are in the home country. Many dishes, Latin or otherwise, come to the United States and get Americanized. Just look at Tex-Mex. It is kind of Mexican. It is kind of Texan. But it is all American and available everywhere in the form of fajitas and cafe style burrito bars.

Latin American And Mexican Restaurants Melting Pots On More Melting Pots

Most of our foods, like are culture, are mixtures of Americanized dishes with the foods of other countries. Usually because of immigration. This is one of the reasons we are a melting pot. But there was always an assumption made. The assumption is the United States is the only melting pot. But that is not true. Many countries, including Latin countries, are melting pots.

You probably guessed where I am going with this. Many Latin countries have dishes that have been influenced….you guessed it, by other cultures whose people immigrated. This thought was inspired by a Peruvian dish called Lomo Saltado.

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Lomo Saltado is Peruvian Beef Dish With A Special Influence

On first glance Lomo Saltado looks like a hearty South American dish. Strips of beef over rice with tomatoes,red onions,parsley,Amarillo chili and of course french fries(you can never really go wrong with those)mixed in. But the dish is so much more. It has soy sauce, a definite Asian staple for flavoring food. It is then stir fried in a large pan. Upon reading how it is made it is not a Peruvian native dish. It is a Chinese dish that has been Peruvanized with beef and seasonings. And french fries, which are a global sensation, are part of that Peruvanization.

Americanized Chinese Food

In North America we have our own Americanized versions of Chinese favorites that only distantly resemble their Sino cousins. But this is a Latin American style Chinese, via Peru. In fact the Chinese influence has had a culinary impact on the Peruvian diet.

Chifa: Peruvian Chinese Food

Chifa or Peruvian Chinese Dishes are the result of immigration from Asia to Peru. Very similar to Chinese immigrants in the United States, the dishes of the old world and the new Latin American world begin to mix. To appeal to the Latin palate some of the dishes have been modified with a Latin influence like chiles and potatoes.

Some of the dishes are very similar to the Americanized Chinese food cousins. The fried rice, called Arroz Chaufa is very similar fried rice you might find in New York City. Wonton soup is another dish where it is very close to American wonton soup (sopa wantan)

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A Tasty Twist

But this is where it gets interesting. As the popularity of Latino and Mexican food grows in America, will the Peruvanized Chinese dishes get fused into Americanized Peruvian Chinese Dishes. Think about the possibilities with this list of fictional but potential entrees:

  • Lomo Saltado Burritos
    • The Saltado dish meets the burrito shell as it is filled with rice, french fries, meat, soy sauce, chiles and more.
  • Chilies Papas Fritas Con Queso
    • The classic American junk food with a spicy twist as we combine Nacho cheese and chilies, a dusting of onions and parsley over french fries
  • Mongolian Saltado
    • The Lomo Saltado dish with mongolian sauce adding a tasty twist to the beef
  • Pupusas con Arroz Carne
    • The Pupusa filled with beef fried rice and then fried

The Sky is the limit..

The future of Latin / Asian fusion is wide open for a host of new dishes never seen before. I can’t wait to taste them. In the meantime come visit us at El Sabroson for flavorful Latin American and Mexican food favorites.

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Pollo A Brasa in Williamsburg: Peruvian Chicken With Great Flavor

October 12, 2016Read More

best_pollo_a_brasa_williamsburg_For some getting good Pollo A Brasa in Newport News, Hampton or Williamsburg might be difficult to do. That is unless you go to Latin Food Gourmet El Sabroson Restaurant in Williamsburg. Peruvian Chicken, which is very similar to American Rotisserie Chicken, is available in authentic style at this Latino eatery.

The Daily Press And Pollo A Brasa

The Daily Press reviewed this Peruvian pollo specialty and seemed very pleased describing it as:

Juicy and the spices on it added a good, savory flavor. A green sauce with hints of cilantro and a little bit of kick complemented the chicken well(Castillo and Press, 2016).

Naturally many are curious as to the origin of the dish and you are in for a pleasant surprise. It is an authentic staple of the Peruvian diet. Unlike many dishes from other countries, it is very close, if not exact in continental preparation as it would be in Lima or other parts of South America.

best_pollo_a_brasa_restaurant_williamsburg_virginiaWhat is Pollo A Brasa

If you are not familiar with Latin or Peruvian Cooking the closest thing to it would be the American Rotisserie chicken. The Peruvian chicken, Pollo A Brasa, is a blackened version of this. It also traditionally is lightly salted and “is almost always served with creamy (mayonnaise-based) sauces, especially spicy chili cream sauce called aji(Pollo a la Brasa, 2016).” As always the flavor is seasoned more to the Latin American palette compared to its North American Rotisserie cousin.

A more common modern variation of this Peru export is one where the “chicken’s skin is seared and salty like a bacon-wrapped hot dog and the tender meat is juicy, reminiscent of fried chicken, but flavored with salty soy sauce, fresh cilantro, savory oregano, peppery ginger, and sweet, buttery roasted garlic flavors.” As far as texture, this combination also can be described as creating an almost caramelized texture (Pollo a la Brasa: Why you should give a cluck, 2012).”

A Staple Of The Peruvian Diet

According to an article I read the Pollo A Brasa Chicken dish is THE favorite food in Peru. It has it’s own special holiday and is a measure of buying power (like the Big Mac Index). With those credentials you can see why it is invading the hearts and stomachs of food aficionados in North America, Latino or not.

How To Get The Best Authentic Pollo A Brasa in Williamsburg Virginia

Back to that Daily Press article. Now you can see how popular the dish is.

Now where can you get it?

Here are a couple of ways you can enjoy this dish in all its glory.

  1. Go to Peru
  2. Go to El Sabroson Restaurant in Williamsburg

Let us look at those options more carefully

Option 1: Holiday to Peru In South America

An all out 16 day blowout trip to Peru including junkets in places like Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Titicaca, and more will run you a little over a cool $3000. Not to mention you need a passport and money for incidentals. And then of course you have to find a Pollo A Braso place in Lima. This would be easy to find in the United States but how well do you really know the City of Lima and how good is your Spanish?

Option 2: Visit To El Sabroson Restaurant in Williamsburg, Virginia

Definitely a lot cheaper. You still get the great Peruvian Rotisserie. You don’t need to catch a plane, get a passport, fight through customs, search maps in a language and city you do not know well, or stuff giant stereotypical souvenirs into your suitcase.


To read the original write up by the Daily Press click here

Also check out more information on more Peruvian dishes like Huancaina Sauce

Check out our menu

See you at El Sabroson!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bibliography

https://www. peruforless. com/packages/lima-nazca-arequipa-machu-picchu-puno-amazon-16-day-tour/ (no date) Available at: https://www.peruforless.com/packages/lima-nazca-arequipa-machu-picchu-puno-amazon-16-day-tour/ (Accessed: 12 October 2016).
Castillo, A. and Press, D. (2016) El Sabroson serves up tasty Latin American fare | food find. Available at: http://www.dailypress.com/entertainment/food/dp-fea-food-find-0330-20160329-story.html (Accessed: 12 October 2016).
Pollo a la Brasa (2016) in Wikipedia. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollo_a_la_Brasa (Accessed: 12 October 2016).
Pollo a la Brasa: Why you should give a cluck (2012) Available at: http://www.foodbeast.com/news/pollo-a-la-brasa-why-you-should-give-a-cluck/ (Accessed: 12 October 2016).

Citations, Quotes & Annotations

https://www. peruforless. com/packages/lima-nazca-arequipa-machu-picchu-puno-amazon-16-day-tour/ (no date) Available at: https://www.peruforless.com/packages/lima-nazca-arequipa-machu-picchu-puno-amazon-16-day-tour/ (Accessed: 12 October 2016).

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Castillo, A. and Press, D. (2016) El Sabroson serves up tasty Latin American fare | food find. Available at: http://www.dailypress.com/entertainment/food/dp-fea-food-find-0330-20160329-story.html (Accessed: 12 October 2016).

(Castillo and Press, 2016)

“Juicy and the spices on it added a good, savory flavor. A green sauce with hints of cilantro and a little bit of kick complemented the chicken well.” (Castillo and Press, 2016)

Pollo a la Brasa (2016) in Wikipedia. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollo_a_la_Brasa (Accessed: 12 October 2016).

(Pollo a la Brasa, 2016)

“is almost always served with creamy (mayonnaise-based) sauces, especially spicy chili cream sauce called ají” (Pollo a la Brasa, 2016)

Pollo a la Brasa: Why you should give a cluck (2012) Available at: http://www.foodbeast.com/news/pollo-a-la-brasa-why-you-should-give-a-cluck/ (Accessed: 12 October 2016).

(Pollo a la Brasa: Why you should give a cluck, 2012)

“The chicken’s skin is seared and salty like a bacon-wrapped hot dog and the tender meat is juicy, reminiscent of fried chicken, but flavored with salty soy sauce, fresh cilantro, savory oregano, peppery ginger, and sweet, buttery roasted garlic flavors.” (Pollo a la Brasa: Why you should give a cluck, 2012)

 

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Mexican Food And Beyond In Williamsburg

September 22, 2016Read More

Compared to 30 years ago, many Americans, both in Williamsburg and abroad, make Tex-Mex or authentic Mexican food part of their monthly repertoire of meals. Many know of the food favorites. Some even

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have sampled drinks like the Margarita. But few, even here in Williamsburg, have really moved beyond to other Latino favorites from South America

Mexican food, served here in El Sabroson as part of a balanced mix of different Latino favorites, is just one type of food in the regions heavily influenced by it’s Spanish origins. One recipe you must try is a Latin American sauce originating in Peru. This sauce is known as Huancaína Sauce.

No Huancaína is not Mexican Restaurant style nacho sauce..

In fact, Huancaína is much better than that. This sauce is a spicy cheese sauce that is both viscous, yet pours smooth. It’s most famous pairing is over potatoes, which in the Spanish language are known as pappas. So basically it is potatoes with a creamy cheese sauce. I think once more Americans realize this is what Huancaína is, it will become a staple in the national diet(at least for people who like cheese, but who doesn’t like cheese?).

Its An El Sabroson Restaurant of Williamsburg, Virginia’s House Specialty.williamsburg-mexican-and-peruvian-restaurant-in-virginia

The Huancaína sauce is one of the Especials de la Casa (house specialties). You can get it over potatoes. You can also get it over a root call Yucca. Personally I think a lot of people will really want to dump the sauce on tortillas or french fries once they realize how good it is. So what gives this sauce its distinct flavor..

aji_amarillo_pepper-peruvian-or-mexican-food-williamsburgWhat is in Huancaína sauce?

Originating in Peru, there are two main ingredients that give this sauce its zing. One is the Aji Amarillo chile pepper. This is also known as a yellow pepper and is very spicy. The other main ingredient is a crumbly white cheese known as queso fresco. These are blended with a starchy thickener like a cracker. You now have spicy fresh cheese sauce. This sauce can be dumped over potatoes or used as a dipping sauce. The combination of spices and cheese make it burst with flavor.

Spice warning: if spicy food is not your thing you may want to avoid this sauce as it is very spicy. If you like spices you will be in hog heaven.

For authentic incredible Latino food ranging from Mexican to Argentinian come visit us at El Sabroson restaurant in Williamsburg Virginia.

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Getting A Great Margarita in Williamsburg, Virginia

August 22, 2016Read More

It has been a long day of shopping, sightseeing, or just screaming your head off at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg and you realize you need a margarita. When someone thinks of margarita, they usually imagine a giant flower shaped glass opening up to a foggy mixture of tequila, triple sec, and lime. To crown it, a ring of salt sits on the outer edge of the glass. The bigger the glass the better. This is at least, what I think of.

A Great Williamsburg Margarita

There are no bad margaritas. They are kind of like pizza. When they are bad they are good. But when they are good THEY ARE GREAT. But I am interested in the most authentic knock your socks off margarita when I am in Williamsburg, tourist, local, or otherwise. Before we talk about where to get this great Mexican concoction here is a little background

margarita_in_colonial_williamsburgThe Proud Beginning(s) Of The Margarita

Like all great inventions this one is contested. I pulled the multiple rundown of cocktail creation theories from Wikipedia. Here is a small taste of some of the origin stories

  • 1938 Carlos Herrera creates a drink at this restaurant for a dancer who was allergic to many types of alcohol but not tequila.
  • 1941 Don Carlos Orozco offers an experimental drink to the daughter of the German Ambassador. Her name was Margarita Henkel. The drink was named for her.
  • 1942 Francisco Morales mixed the miracle drink in Tommy’s Place Bar.
  • 1945 Jose Cuervo claims the drink was invented for showgirl Rita De La Rosa
  • 1948 A Dallas woman named Margarita Sames created the drink for her guests in Acapulco
  • 1948 Santos Cruz created the margarita for Peggy Margaret Lee. The Spanish version of Margaret is Margarita

And it goes on and on..

So here is what I think. Thank you to all the great margarita experimenters and margarita makers. All of you knew there was a magical connection between Agave Tequila, triple sec, and lime. It played out in many different ways but in the end they are all in the family of margaritas. In fact I think we should honor these cocktail pioneers with a statue, no better yet a memorial bar somewhere between Texas and Mexico. Maybe a border memorial bar. A somber yet fun place where you can pay homage to these early drink inventors.

margarita_barI am thinking there could be a 300 foot high giant margarita statue next to this bar. The bar should be by the highway so drivers passing by can be reminded of the toil that went in to making this drink…and they may be thirsty and you won’t miss a 300 foot mega margarita glass.

The Great Williamsburg Margarita Today

Naturally no one has realized the genius of these plans. But you can enjoy an authentic Mexican margarita at El Sabroson Mexican Restaurant in Williamsburg.

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EL SABROSON

Traditional Latin Food from El Salvador, Peru, and Mexico. Located with the Tu Tienda and Gifts. Featuring pupusas and a Peruvian Charcoal Rotisserie. “Best Latin American/Mexican food in Williamsburg!” Serving American favorites like Fajitas, Enchiladas and Burritos. A full bar with an array of fresh juices, known as Aguas Frescas. Casual and kid friendly!

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Serving up authentic Latin American food including a tasty discovery of pupusas and Peruvian chicken.

We are located in Williamsburg on Waller Mill Road, the same shopping center as Kmart. Generous portions of Mexican, Salvadoran, and Peruvian dishes.

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