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Champurrado and More Uchepos in Santa Rosa

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Champurrado and More Uchepos in Santa Rosa

Melanie Wong | Dec 15, 2002 03:46 PM

A hot cup of champurrado may be just the ticket to ward off the chill and dampness of this week’s storms. Delicias Elenitas truck parked in the abandoned gas station lot on Sebastopol Road has one of the best versions (see link below). The price this season is $1.50.

Further east parked in the Unocal station lot on Dutton and Sebastopol roads, the Los Magos truck is sporting a new banner proclaiming tamales and uchepos. The vendor told me that “uchepo” is the term used in his native Michoacan for tamale de elote made of sweet corn. The tamales and uchepos come two per order for $4. You can mix and match an order from pork or cheese/jalapeño tamales or an uchepo. There’s also the option to have these plain, covered in salsa verde and crema, or with salsa and crema on the side.

Opting for the latter, I tried a pork tamale and one uchepo. Good size, larger than the ones other street vendors sell for a buck, the tamale was served freshly made and steamy from the hot box. The masa was the smooth, unctuous creamy textured style with good flavor of its own. The shredded pork was tender and abundant in a mild chile sauce. I added a dollop of the salsa verde for more heat. The uchepo had a finer and less fibrous texture than the one reported on recently from Delicias Elenitas (the truck parked in Lita’s Coffee Shop lot) that I liked better. The concept of spicy salsa on a sweet tamale has started to grow on me, and I enjoyed this one with a touch of the salsa verde and the sour cream.

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