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Elote al Julio Valdez, Salinas

Melanie Wong | Jun 3, 200709:46 PM     5

Thursday evening I stopped by Sr. Valdez’s tamale/hot dog/elote cart on the corner of East Market and Ivy streets on the eastside of town. This was my first visit in a few months and I hoped he might have seasonal elote, corn on the cob served in the Mexican style, a classic food of the streets. Bingo!

The long ear pulled from the steamer compartment looked like it been boiled or steamed rather than grilled. After impaling it with a wooden skewer handle, he gave it the faintest film of mayonesa, just enough to make the grated cotija cheese stick to the kernels. I nodded when he asked if I wanted chili, and gave it a good dusting with his chili powder spice blend. I stopped him from wrapping it up in foil saying I’d eat it there. He pulled out a small bench for me to sit.

This baby was heavy, making the skewer flex when I tried to pick it up and I needed two hands to support the ear of corn. This got a chuckle from Mr. Valdez, who said, “it’s too big for you!” Made with yellow corn, this tasted more like corn and less like sugar. While I would have preferred a grilled version, this was a delicious first corn of the summer season.

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