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Some Agua Fresca with my Vegtable, and Blood in my Sausage... Monte Alban update

Eat_Nopal | Jan 31, 200807:08 PM

I don't know if the search function is broken... but I am shocked to not find any posts for Monte Alban's botana platter or the Moronga.

What is a botana platter? Its typically a style of small town cantina eating.. in which you are served a platter with a number of different ingredients, a stack of tortillas & a salsa... and you entertain yourself by coming up with as many Taco permutations as possible will you sip that bottle of Tequila, Mezcal, Moonshine or whatever the regional drink of choice may be.

At Monte Alban you are served (and btw don't fool yourself into thinking it can be polished by one person alone).. some very large pieces, of very aromatic, porky chicharron; plain poached Nopales in strips, large slices of very decent Quesillo, black bean paste, an impeccably roasted Chile de Agua, Avocado slices... oh yeah and three thick slices of steamed Moronga (blood sausage).... along with your pile of handmade tortillas (not as thin or delectable as other days).

The nopales were just okay (certainly from a jar), the chicharron was a bit stale (not surprising), the beans were great.. as was the Chile, avocado & quesillo. But the Moronga... wowsers... I've only had it a few times... and the last time was prior to my Chowhound days... it his this earthy, delicate appeal & pleasant texture that oddly reminds me of Squid / Octopus ink dishes.

Hint... for those who might be put off by the visual... you might try making it into a Molito... could be great as a sauce for a good steak, or some "Enchiladas".

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