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    Mexican food vs Californian Mexican food

    As a Californian I have an idea about Mexican food that is formed around mostly American variations of the "street food" concept; tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and so on.

    I visited Mexico back in 2000, and I remember it being different anyway but also there being a whole variety of delicious options beyond that, but honestly the week is a bit of a blur. I remember birria and cabrito, and wonderful tamales.

    For those of you from Mexico, or who have visited more recently what would you say is the best Mexican food to try?

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    Re: Mexican food vs Californian Mexican food

    Quote Originally Posted by zlemune View Post
    As a Californian I have an idea about Mexican food that is formed around mostly American variations of the "street food" concept; tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and so on.

    I visited Mexico back in 2000, and I remember it being different anyway but also there being a whole variety of delicious options beyond that, but honestly the week is a bit of a blur. I remember birria and cabrito, and wonderful tamales.

    For those of you from Mexico, or who have visited more recently what would you say is the best Mexican food to try?
    For me it would go like this:

    - Tamales
    - Gorditas
    - Caldo tlalpeño
    - Pozole
    - Menudo
    - Capirotada
    - Tostadas
    - Montados (my favorite one, going to eat that tomorrow!).
    - Birria
    - Tacos de barbacoa
    - Flan
    - Tamales oaxaqueños
    - Mole
    Last edited by Trellum; 09-18-2013 at 06:41 AM.
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    Re: Mexican food vs Californian Mexican food

    I haven't been to Mexico but while watching an episode of Anthony Bourdain's show on Travel Channel, I noticed that much of the street food was freshly made, even the tacos. One woman made her tacos from blue cornmeal (in Mexico, they grow several varieties of corn, including blue corn). I would definitely love to try those tacos.

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    Re: Mexican food vs Californian Mexican food

    Mole, tostadas, tamales, and birria I've had. Menudo I'm on the fence about.

    The rest of that list is getting saved to my must-try list!

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    Re: Mexican food vs Californian Mexican food

    Quote Originally Posted by zlemune View Post
    Mole, tostadas, tamales, and birria I've had. Menudo I'm on the fence about.

    The rest of that list is getting saved to my must-try list!
    I'm glad it helped you, if you need more suggestion... let me know! I know plenty about this cusine, there are things that you'll only find in certain cities and states, so mexican gastronomy goes deeper than just tamales and mole Mexican food in general is amazing, too bad a lot people in the US think that Tex-mex is a synonym of mexican food

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    Re: Mexican food vs Californian Mexican food

    I really love Mexican food a lot, a fusion of indigenous Mesoamerican cooking with European.Well you don't need to give up Mexican food because there are plenty of recipes that are already low-fat. My favorite mexican dish is Jalapeno Corn Cakes and Chicken Rojo.

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    Re: Mexican food vs Californian Mexican food

    My favorite Mexican dish has to be ceviche. I can eat ceviche any way but my favorite is mix of shrimp, squid, octopus and more.

    Next has to be tostadas. There is a restaurant here called Panama, that makes brilliant ones.

    I'm not a big fan of tomales but my dad loves them.

    What's funny is, I'm typing this while eating Dominos pizza.

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    You don't like tamales? :O How can that be?! I love the kosher ones made with green sauce and chicken, the sweet ones are also amazing I have a lot sweet tamales recipes, my favorite ones are pineapple and strawberry. I also love tostadas. But I thick ceviche is originally from Peru. By the way... when you eat ceviche you eat the one that was ''cooked'' with lemon juice only?

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    Re: Mexican food vs Californian Mexican food

    I don't know, maybe I haven't had any good ones. A friend brings my dad a couple every week or so, and he has them for dessert. They're sweet; they taste like sugar and corn. I tried one and didn't like the texture much.

    I don't know what other kinds I have tried. We have a very good friend who is a masseuse. We go to her house every Thursday for massages and before we start, she cooks us something Mexican, for lunch. One day, she bought some tamales from a place that was supposed to make the best tamales in town. I didn't care for them at all.

    Ceviche, I do think originated in Peru, but it's VERY popular here. You can buy it at the grocery store; I'll walk by and wonder how long it's been sitting there. If I make it, I cook the fish first but, I have had it many times only cooked by the lemon/lime.

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    Re: Mexican food vs Californian Mexican food

    California raised here. Where Mex was kind of the original form before it evolved. To me, Cal-mex has an emphasis on fresher or less cooked ingredients. Ingredients closer to their original state with seasoning that reflects that: Fresh garlic, cilantro, foods that are more in their raw states, such as pico de gallo, frescas, ensaladas.
    Mex seems heavy on cooked ingredients, flour tortillas, heavy sauces, heavy on the cheese. The TexMex seems heavy. Heavy in appearance, in flavor, feel, texture and overall. Heavy, cheesy, saucy. Cal Mex, seems less cheesy, less saucy, less heavily cooked, more corn tortillas,more raw onions, cilantro, lime, tomatoes, more fresca in style.

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    Re: Mexican food vs Californian Mexican food

    Kevin, you obviously haven't been in my state! Actually in mexico we put a lot emphasis on using fresh ingredients. Most of us like to enjoy of a freshly made guacamole or pico de gallo. We love eating our tacos or ''montados'' with fresh cilantro, cucumbers, tomatoes, lime juice, etc. Actually here in Mexico we aren't big fans of cheese, but up there in Texas they are

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    Re: Mexican food vs Californian Mexican food

    @LivetoErr I think you haven't found the right ones yet. I actually don't blame you for not liking the plain sweet tamales! I don't like those either because they seem so plain to me! I prefer the ones I told you about; with actual fruit.

    You need to try the ones with red sauce and pork meat. Those are really tasty, but it reallycdepends on how they were made. Some people just don't know how to make tamales.

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