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cueritos in a semita

Ickster | Jun 2, 2004 06:46 PM

So last night im on my way back from the far eastern reaches of the county I decided to stop in for one of the semitas--a variety of sandwich or torta-- on whittier blvd. I believe it is called la china poblana, just east of lorena blvd.

I heard people ordering semitas with cueritos--which is not on the hand scrawled paper that passes for a menu which displayed in the window. I believe cueritos are bits of cooked and pickled pig skin. I ordered a semita with milanesa and cueritos with chile chipotle.

The semita wheat bread was sliced horizontally. The bread is crusty and has sesame seeds on it. It is filled with many large pieces of milanesa, thin pieces of meat coated with flour and then fried. On top of this goes slices of fresh avocado and queso fresco, a cheese that is mild in flavor and has a rubbery consistency. Then they layer of pieces of chile chipotle, a chile that is smoky and spicy. Sliced raw onions are added...and on top of it all are the cooked pickled soft pork skins called cueritos. THe cemita is topped off with the other half of the bread and wrapped in paper.

The slight crispyness of the fried meat and the bread goes well with the softness of the cheese and avocado. The chile chipotle contrasts well with the cool avocado and both lend flavor to the milanesa and cueritos. Even as i am typing this I am saying to myself that it does not sound too good. But the sum of all of the parts add up to a product that works well together and is authentic of certain regions in mexico.

You order from a truck parked in a lot that is not too well lit. No receipt is given, you have to wait for your order to be called out in spanish, where you proceed to the window and pay. Cold sodas and bottled water are available, with a decent selection of mexican sodas. You eat in or near your car or on a plastic chair under a small canopy next to the truck.

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