I joined Eat Nopal and his delightful daughter the other day for a 'taco crawl' or investigation of sorts. I really had a great time and I hope that we will be able to make more entries in the future.
This is my report.
2. Lolitas' Market
I had made an inquiry on this board in re. to Uruapan [http://www.chowhound.com/topics/418557 ] with no response. You do not come across this name very often - but apparently Uruapan is THE(E) town in the state of Michoacan, Mexico that has the best Carnitas...anywhere.
When we arrived and sat down, the place was 60% full of cutomers, a mixed bunch - the lunchtime crowd. As soon as EN asked the waiter in regardsto the availabilty of different portions/cuts of the pig, then the inital blank look and sorry, "we dont do that here" response ---our hopes hit the floor.
We shrugged, hoped for the best and each ordered a taco of carnitas with our drinks.
What was brought out was not Carnitas ( http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?... ).
If this was called the famous juicy pork taco --- man would this be among the best. But the juicyness was its only redeeming quality.
As I confered with EN - I think that they are simmering the pork in a little water with the *hope* that it will all evaporate for the fat to render and begin to crisp. This method is commonly used as the 'shortcut' or 'lite' method to the traditonal cazo lard (simmer) frying.
Unfortunately, the 'little meats' we got never saw the crisping stage and were as EN put it: "one dimensional," and had no orange, citrus presence.
We tried. Maybe their crab enchiladas are good.....