OK it finally happened. On Jfood's third trip to Valencia he ordered the right menu and he now is a true believer in their food. As he was driving up Main St around lunch time with no meeting until 330 he figured OK give it another try, everyone cannot be wrong on this place. Parking was a little difficult, but once a decision is made you need to go with it.
He knew he was not going to order the Arepas again since he thought maybe Jfood is just not an Arepas person, and decided to focus on the Empanadas. He ordered three for this adventure, Chicken Tamarillo, Chipotle Pork and the Chorizo & Pepper. He grabbed a bottle of water and took a seat.
The owner brought over the green and red sauce, and a few minutes later the Empanadas arrived. Each was a little different on the outside and they were very well made.
Jfood first bite was the pork. The dough was outstanding and the pork was very good but again Jfood thinks that it is a bit stringy. The flavor could have used a little more salt as well. Next he dipped the empanada into the green sauce. OK, now he understands why the pork filling was a bit under-seasoned, the flavor of the green sauce took it to another level. Fantastic. Jfood next tried the chicken. Now the chicken was seasoned so it could stand on its own, and when Jfood dipped it into the green sauce, it again was great. Now Jfood moved onto the Chorizo. This one had the most flavor and it should have with the Chorizo, and again the green sauce was a perfect complement. Jfood has to say that he thought the chorizo itself was a bit overcooked, though.
So he was in Pig Heaven (plus one cluck) and decided to experiment. He poured a good amount of green sauce on the plate and the added some of the red sauce. He took a piece of the pork and dipped it into the combination sauce. Not only did it grab all the great flavors of the green, but also the red added another level of flavor plus a little heat. Jfood sat and finished all three with the combination sauce.
So Jfood is now a convert over to the Empanada side of Valencia. Will he order the Arepas again? Probably not, they are just not his thing. But the Empanadas with the two sauces get a big old-fashioned “outstanding” from Jfood. Next time he’ll save some room for an Apple and Dulche Empanada.