Went down to Watsonville today to stock up on some pre-made foods for a little 5deMayo get together. Decided I should also grab lunch and made the fine choice of a second trip to Los Molcajetes. (sorry I am just not ambitous enough to search for my earlier post)
The place was empty but the owner? was super friendly and broght me over some chips and their nice roasted salsa and salsa de nopales. Good start- nice hot roasty salsa and this cactus salsa is very cool and something I have never seen around here. I actually got the owner to sell me a takeout cup of this stuff to go for dinner!
Started with the tamale. Wow. I liked it last time but thought it was brilliant this time. Soft and moist and rich with a nice bannana leaf perfume and a nice rich filling of pork in mole that was not too sweet. Pricey at $5 but well worth it. This is one of the best tamales I have had.
I also ordered a molote de papa. This little cigar of masa stuffed with potates was fried to a light cripness but was not greasy and far lighter than I expected. It was dressed simply with a bit of crema, cheese and lettuce. I added a bit of salsa for a bit of a pick me up. This was my first molote and was ordered of the specials wall. They also offer it with a bean filling.
Not being quite full, I enquired about the gorditas zacatecanas which is the only specialty listed on their business cards which seems odd since this is north of Oaxaca right? Anyway he gave me the usual spiel about how I could have whatever meat I wanted in it etc.. I decided to go with the what do you reccomend approach though IME this rarely gets the right result. This time it was perfect. He said " I'll go get you one, if you don't like it, it's free. If you do, you pay double! he he he" So he brings me back this lovely round disk of tender masa stuffed witha bit of beans, rice, chorizo and queso fresco. Just a fantastic balance of flavor and texture. I was full but tempted to order another. He told me this is a oaxacan style of chorizo that they buy in LA since you can not get this style in the area. I suspect this would make a great filling for any of their other antojitos.
Very chowish place. Sorry hounds, I did not try the grasshoppers... I want to get back on a weekend to try the barbacoa de chiva.
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