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 McDonaldâ€™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?
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 Pupusa
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.
Here is a video clip on how to make this iconic Salvadorian dish
October 12, 2016Read More
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.
What 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).â€ť 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 â€śchicken’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.â€ť 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).â€ť
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 itâ€™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.
- Go to Peru
- 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 donâ€™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!
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).
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 ajĂ” (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)
June 29, 2016Read More
Authentic Mexican Food in Williamsburg?
At El Sabroson, Williamsburg’s authentic Mexican and Latin food restaurant, we pride ourselves on authentic dishes. Yes, our customers are not all from Mexico or South America, so we do offer some Americanized dishes. Many of these dishes are called Tex-Mex. Regardless, the flavors of Spanish and Latino dishes can be seen in all types of food, not just that from South of the Texas border.
But What Is Authentic Mexican?
The United States, its culture, and food are all versions of foods from the homelands the population came from. Mexican food is no different. You have dishes that pull elements of native dishes but with a flare that will appeal to other cultures. Both are delicious, but it is always interesting to see the differences of a dish as it migrates across the border.
So what how do you know if it is authentic Mexican?
Glad you asked. To show you some real Mexican dishes, some of which we serve here in our Williamsburg restaurant, I need to show you its Americanized version. Now I am not in any way implying the Americanized versions are not delicious. Nor am I telling you that we don’t serve them here.
All I am doing is showing you the “origin” dish. Think of it as a family tree for Americanized Mexican food.
The Original Mexican Dishes and Their American Counterparts
The Great Williamsburg Taco: American Style
I do not know many people who have lived on Earth who have not heard of or tasted a taco. By Taco I mean the staple you will see at any Williamsburg or Newport News Mexican restaurant. You know, the hard yellow shell with the ground corn pieces showing as black specs in the shell. From there it is loaded with meat, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and seasoning. Usually you have it with ground beef, sometimes shredded chicken.
The Original Mexican version
To enjoy the original Mexican style Taco you need to make some modifications. This includes
â€˘ a heated soft shell
â€˘ beef, chicken, pork or seafood
â€˘ home made salsa
â€˘ lime juice
â€˘ white cheese
What you get is a taco bursting and exploding with flavor. Both versions are good but it is interesting to see how much changed when the taco crossed the border.
The Big Bad Burrito
If you have been to any shopping area or strip mall you have seen them. Giant oversized mega burritos in foil stuffed to capacity with..anything that would fit. Places like Chipotle, Taco Bell and Moe’s offer burritos with a four course meal inside of them. They consist of:
â€˘ beef or chicken
â€˘ black or pinto beans
â€˘ pico de gallo
â€˘ soft flour tortilla
â€˘ sour cream
â€˘ nacho cheese
â€˘ Mexican cheese
To be blunt, these are tasty and you get a little bit of a wrist workout maneuvering that thing from your plate to your mouth. So what about the authentic or origin burrito…
The Traditional Mexican Burrito
This is a bit of a letdown after the description of the super burrito. The Mexican burrito is much smaller with very limited ingredients like
â€˘ wheat flour shells
â€˘ beef or chicken
â€˘ chiles and beans
â€˘ white cheese
This is just the start
I can’t go into every dish that has changed with American culture, but there are a lot of dishes that have been Americanized. There are also a lot more Latin style food dishes than just Mexican.
Taste Authentic Mexican And Authentic Latin Food for yourself
Come visit El Sabroson Mexican Restaurant at our Waller Mill location in Williamsburg. We serve up lots of authentic Latin and Mexican dishes as well as some Tex-Mex varieties. In the meantime check out our menu of great Mexican dishes.
Here is a map to our location
our source article