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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.

south american foodNo Country is a Vacuum

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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Pupusas in Williamsburg

December 9, 2016Read More

In every culture there seems to be a starch dish that accompanies a lot of the different meals. In America bread is the staple. In Italy you see pasta accompanying the main dish. In Japan a side of rice is even offered at their McDonald’s, in place of the fries. The Pupusa, of course, is the staple of the Salvadoran diet, being the go to starchy accompaniment to many dishes. Oh, and it is mighty tasty!

What Is A Pupusa?pupusas-stuffed-in-williamsburg-virginia-buffet

A pupusa is a thick soft cornmeal tortilla. It is cooked on a griddle. The corn meal used has gone through a process that has made it less grainy and more pliable than a typical corn tortilla you might get from a dish in another Latin country. It is stuffed with a number of fillings before cooking as well. Pupusas come in a number of varieties based upon this filling.

Fillings and Types of the Pupusapupusas-colonial-williamsburg

Some of the types of Pupusas, with their corresponding fillings you might see are:

  • Pupusa de Queso: stuffed with soft cheese
  • Frijoles Refritos: stuffed with refried beans
  • Papas y Queso: Potatoes and cheese
  • Pollo y Queso: Chicken and cheese
  • Ayote con Queso: Zucchini with cheese
  • Pupusa de chicharrĂłn: Stuffed with cooked seasoned pork paste
  • Pupusa Revuelta: Stuffed with cheese, refried beans and pork paste (chicharrĂłn)

What Might Be Served With Your Pupusa

A Pupusa is often served with a relish that is very similar to sauerkraut. It is called Curtido is made from pickled cabbage.

Relatives Of The Pupusa

The South Americans have a dish called Arepa, which is similar to the Pupusa. Mexicans have a similar dish called the Gordita.

Pupusas in Williamsburg

Where to get great Pupusas in Williamsburg, Virginia

Naturally a place to get authentic Pupusas is at El Sabroson Latin and Mexican Restaurant. We specialize in Latino or Salvadoran dishes your Abuelita (Grandmother) would make if you were enjoying a big family meal in San Salvador.

A Great Latin and Mexican Buffet…that many times has had Pupusas on them.

Our buffet is like a passport to South and Central America, gastronomically speaking. On the buffet there have been many days that the Latino food assortment has included Pupusas. Even when they are not on the buffet, they are part of our regular menu here on Wallers Mill Road.

Try this at home…Maybe?

If you are feeling adventurous, or just want to know more about how Pupusas are made, check out this recipe.

Pupusa Recipe


Here is a video clip on how to make this iconic Salvadorian dish