MEXICAN FOOD EXPERIENCE IN MEXICO

I thought I already have a good idea of what Mexican food was before arriving in Mexico. Numerous Mexican restaurants sprouted like mushrooms in Manila these past years, all claiming to be the most authentic in the city. However, after tasting the real deal in Mexico, Oh boy! I was completely blown away! It was totally different from the ones I tried back home. It has a more complex flavor profile, and spicier! Aside from that, Mexican food is cheap, and I did not spend that much on tasting these awesome treats.

Here are some of the Mexican food I tasted when I visited the country.

TACOS

Tacos al pastor
Tacos al Pastor, my favorite taco variety

This is the go-to food of every Mexicans and my comfort food during my stay there. Authentic Mexican taco is soft, and either steamed or grilled. They come in different varieties such as al pastor (pork), asada (grilled steak), barbacoa (shredded beef), chorizo (sausage), lengua (ox tongue), which is usually topped with salsa, cilantro, pineapples, and onions. There are also weird varieties such as chapolines, brains, and lamb’s feet.

TAMALES

Tamales with champorado
Tamales with champurrado

Typical breakfast food made of corn dough steamed in a corn husk. It comes in a variety of flavors such as cheese, chilies, and meat. You can find street vendors selling freshly-made tamales every morning in every corner of the country.

ELOTE

Elote
Elote – my favorite Mexican street food

Boiled or grilled corn smothered with a variety of toppings such as mayonnaise, chili, cheese, and lemon juice. There is also a version called esquite, wherein the kernels are separated and served in a cup with the same ingredients found in an elote.

MOLE

Mole sauce
Variety of Mole sauces – Poblano, pipian, rojo, and adobo
Coloradito
Coloradito – a mole sauce found in Oaxaca
Mole de Pipian Verde
Mole de Pipian Verde – my ultimate favorite Mexican food!

It is a traditional Mexican sauce made with different ingredients, sometimes as many as 20 in a recipe. I tried at least 7 varieties when I was there – rojo, verde, poblano, pipian verde, adobo, and coloradito, and all taste really good.



CEMITAS

Cemitas
Cemitas – bigger than my hands!

It is a typical sandwich found in Puebla that contains meat, avocado, quesillo, papalo, and chipotle. It is huge and one serving can be shared by 2

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CHILES RELLENOS

Chiles Rellenos
Chiles Rellenos

A dish commonly served in Puebla made of Poblano, Jalapeño, Anaheim, or Pasilla pepper stuffed with cheese, meat, and other ingredients. It is then dipped in batter and fried, then served with Mexican rice, beans, and salsa.

POZOLE

Pozole - hearty and filling soup
Pozole – hearty and filling soup

Considered as one of Mexico’s oldest dishes, dating from pre-hispanic times. Pozole is a hearty soup made from hominy (corn kernels), meat, radish, cilantro, onions, chili, cabbage, and lime.

CHILAQUILES

Chilaquiles con salsa Morita
Chilaquiles con salsa Morita

This is another typical breakfast food that includes tortilla chips, beans, salsa verde, rojo, or morita, and cheese. Try it with pipian verde sauce, it was the best version I tasted!

MEMELAS

Memelas
Memelas – I gobbled so many during my visit in Oaxaca that I lost count!

This food is commonly eaten in Oaxaca and is said to date back from pre-hispanic times. It is a grilled tortilla served with a variety of meat options and ultimately topped with quesillo. It was so good that I ate it all the time when I was in Oaxaca.

TLAYUDAS

Tlayudas – another Mexican food bigger than my hands

This native Oaxacan food that looks like a “Mexican pizza”. It is a large and thin tortilla grilled until crispy and topped with a variety of ingredients such as refried beans, meat, avocado, tomato, onion, quesillo, and salsa.

CONSOMÉ DE BORREGO

Consome de Borrego
Lamb’s feet used in the consome

Not to be confused with the French soup, the Mexican version is made of boiled lamb served with the lamb feet, cilantro, and onion. I tried this when I was in Huixcolotla and they only sold it during weekends. It is a bit gamey and it has a gelatinous texture. You can also eat the lamb’s feet with tacos.

CHAPULINES

Spicy and tasty chapulines

This food is not for the faint-hearted. I heard about this even before coming to Mexico, so I immediately looked for one when I arrived in Oaxaca. It is a type of grasshopper harvested on certain months, then toasted and seasoned with salt, lime, and sometimes chili. The taste is mealy, with a crunchy texture. I think that it is best as a topping to Pancit Canton.

TEJATE

Tejate – good to freshen up your afternoon

This is an Oaxacan specialty drink made of maize, cacao, and flor de cacao mixed with water, which gives it a taste similar to Milo but with a grainy texture. It is the best drink to have after walking around the scorching heat of Oaxaca.

MICHELADA

This is one of the best Michelada I tasted

This is the weirdest drink I have ever tasted, and I still remember my confusion when my friend tried to explain it to me. It is a beer concoction mixed with chili sauce, lime, tomato juice, and sometimes topped with chili salt and seafood, giving it a flavor similar to Bloody Mary. Recipes vary from place to place, and I tried Micheladas from other countries in Latin America too, wherein for me, the obvious winner is the Mexican version.

CHAMOYADA

Chamoyado served with a heaping bowl of guacamole con chapulines

This is a fruit shake mixed with chamoy and chili, giving it a sweet-sour-spicy taste. I am not really a fan of chamoy so I was hesitant to try it at first. Nevertheless, the version we ordered was good and I drank it till the last drop.

2 Replies to “MEXICAN FOOD EXPERIENCE IN MEXICO”

  • Para ngang ang sasarap lahat! But chapulines on top of pancit canton?😳 Kalasa ba e2 ng shrimp? I tasted fried crickets in Pampanga a long time ago & its not bad. Actually, its gud & crispy, medyo iba nga lang ang feeling kasi hindi naman sanay kumain ng exotic food. Magawi ulit ako duon, I would surely eat it again!😋

  • Dear Mike,

    Thank you for writing about Mexican food and letting the world learn about it. Mexican is my favorite ;). I think we are lucky to have such a rich variety of food.

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