With all due thanks to streetgourmela, degustateur enjoyed not only the best menudo of his life, but the best tamales too. What’s more? Both came from the same place! That magical place is none other than El Sinaloense Restaurant in Huntington Park, a well-heeled haven for deliciously authentic Sinaloan cuisine that left me all but speechless. I have searched many years for menudo and tamales with the taste and flavor profile of El Sinaloense’s. Now, as the song goes, … “the search is over …”
First, the menudo – a menudo blanco (white menudo) made with multiple cuts of tripe along with tendon, pata and a minimum amount of hominy simmering in a rich, savory broth that was not the least bit oily. Undoubtedly a true labor of love made the old fashioned way and cooked to absolute perfection. Literally, this was menudo of the gods, redolent with the taste of fresh pork and possessing an uncommon depth of flavor entirely worthy of my highest accolades. Likewise, the accompanying grilled buttered bread was a celebration in its own right. As streetgourmetla put it – “a serious menudo”, to say the least.
The tamales – totally unexpected; I went to El Sinaloense expressly for the menudo. Tamales are not even on the menu but I spotted a cache of them in two large, sealed plastic containers behind the busy counter. Being the tamale hound that I am, I couldn’t pass them up. Made of pork, red chile and a sliver each of zucchini and potato, they were otherworldly good, an undeniable work of culinary artisanship. Sublime in every respect. Perfect size and proportion, perfect masa and perfectly moist and tender. Moreover, the wonderful spiciness and flavor were evident throughout, in every bite, including the flaps of masa between the folds of the cornhusk wrapper, the ends of which were tied in little husk ribbon bows. Rustic, artisanal, made with love and pride. Yes indeed, El Sinaloense’s tamales are also serious and the best I’ve ever had. Seriously.
Finally, the horchata – ahh, heavenly … I needn’t say more.
Thank you again, SGLA, for a fantastic lead, one that will be appreciated and followed repeatedly for a long time to come.
El Sinaloense Restaurant
7601 State Street
Huntington Park, CA 90255
7601 State St, Huntington Park, CA 90255