If you like Asada and you follow this advice you will know as soon as you take your first bite that you are having the best you have had and you will thank me. My sons wanted to grill some Asada last Saturday afternoon so we went to El Caney Market. Three things about good Asada – marinade, a very hot grill and a little smoke (mesquite chips at least, maybe oak bark). This marinaded Asada is like no other we have tried. El Caney Market sells hundreds of pounds of this meat and therefore it is always fresh. On a hot weekend when people feel like starting up the grill El Caney will often sell out. They pack your meat in a plastic bag along with the marinade inside. You decide whether to buy it the day before to allow it to continue marinading overnight or buy it in the morning and cook it the same day. Get the grill hot so that it cooks fast leaving a char on the outside yet stays moist inside. It really has enough flavor from the marinade and it’s own smoke but adding a few chips of mesquite to your fire is worth the effort also. Once you have your bag of Asada in your hands you may get a little hungry so since your are across the street and less than half-a-block from Tito’s Market you owe it to yourself to stop-in and buy some beef empanadas to eat during the next little drive to Los Toros Meat Market. At Los Toros you need to get the best chips, salsa and guacamole to go along with the best marinaded Asada sitting next to you.
At Los Toros I recommend the mild salsa, the guacamole and if they are not sold out of the Salsa Habanera (HOT) then that is also a MUST try. The three of us could not stop eating that Salsa Habanera. It is hot but it has just the right balance of sweetness to allow you to keep enjoying it. Just looking at this salsa you will know it is the real deal – dark brown, thick and rich. Us three agreed on everything but the beer. Therefore we had Corona, Dos Equis, and Tecate. Add a few green onions and some chopped cilantro and life is Bueno!
El Caney Market (Fresh marinaded Asada at the meat counter)
9869 Garvey Ave
El Monte, CA 91733-1269
Tito’s Market (Beef empanadas – $1.09)
9814 Garvy Ave.
El Monte, CA 91733
Los Toros Meat Market (Fresh Chips, Salsa and Guacamole at the meat counter)
5225 Peck Rd
El Monte, CA 91732-1122