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Arepas @ El Majahual (SF)

Melanie Wong | Jun 1, 2004 12:26 PM

Sampled a few antojitos:

Empanada valluna (Cali style), $1.35 – Oil-soaked, crackly and tough masa shell on this small turnover, filled with bland and mushy potato and shredded beef

Empanada de plátano con leche, $1.75 – Football-shaped dark brown hard crust encasing overly firm and starchy custard, little flavor, a big disappointment compared to the heavenly version at Pupuseria Mercy in Vallejo

Pandebono, $1 – Almost spherical small cheese roll with dense rubbery texture and mild milky flavor

Chorizo con arepa (2), $5 – Finally, something to get excited about. A couple of delicately blistered white corn meal cakes, plus two plump chorizo sausages. Not chili-hot but intriguingly seasoned with cumin and other savory spices, the ground meat stained yellow was blended with chunks of pork for interesting texture and flecked with red peppers and green bits of some kind of fresh vegetable. Maybe these were deep-fried? The casing was almost crispy and the open ends where the forcemeat pokes out of the casing were crunchy brown in nice contrast to the juicy interior. A very delicious first taste of Colombian-style chorizo.

Jugo de maracuyá, $2.50 – Blended to order from frozen passion fruit pulp, water and sugar, more intense and fresher tasting than bottled juices with lively tartness and less sweetness. Very enjoyable, I’d like to try the other juices on the menu.

Restaurante El Majahual
Comida Salvadoreña-Colombiana
1142 Valencia St.
San Francisco
415-821-7514

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