Friday, December 28, 2007
Pozole from Potzollcalli, Mexico City
This was awesome. One of the things I had to get in Mexico was pozole, a soup similar to menudo but using pork (and/or chicken in this case) instead of tripe. This place specializes in it, and in fact is even named after it. It's actually quite a big chain, and looked discouragingly like a Denny's with all of its plasticky booths and menus at first.
But it turned out that it was nothing to worry about. They offered so many variations on the stuff; not only in terms of the colors of the broth (red, green, clear, etc.), but also in terms of the selection of toppings (such as pork rinds - yeah!). In that sense, it was kinda like Vietnamese pho, where the selection of ingredients will vary not only by user preference, but also according to the region that it was prepared in. And my red bowl was simply delicious and refreshing, especially after topping it with radish, avocado, and a squeeze of lime.
We also got a few other things on the side, including a platter of miniature tostadas, chalupas, sopes, and quesadillas, all of which were assisted by a heaping of a red chili seed oil-based hot sauce that was effectively the same thing as that Cantonese chili oil that I love so much. What a delight this was!
Digested at 4:53 PM
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