Just got back from a quick visit to JTM, and on the way out a little Mexican butcher shop caught our eye (opposite Premiere Moisson) - noticed people sitting down inside. Stepped through the narrow terrace and found a small but well-stocked market with a little takeout counter at the back, manned by what I can only describe as a friendly Latina baboushka. ;-)
The sign above the counter listed several varieties each of pupusas, tamales, empanadas, tacos, and a bunch of other treats. Ended up getting a couple of mystery tamales (wrapped in foil), a few fried beef empanadas, and a baked chicken empanada to go. While heading to the front to pay, noticed some other corn-husk wrapped tamales by the cash - baboushka lady warned that these were corn, different from what we'd ordered. Was a bit disappointed at that, but curious to find out what was in the foil ones...
Turned out to be stewed chicken with chickpeas and green olives, wrapped in what I think was a savoury rice-flour dough - it was very silky and had taken on a greenish hue from the spices or sauce. Chicken was super-tender with great flavour. Knocked my socks off. I think it was even better than any corn tamales I've ever had before. I should note that inside the foil, there was a green square wrapper (banana leaf perhaps?)
The fried beef empanadas were equally delicious. Dough tasted like it may have been potato based; the filling was ground beef with spices, carrots, potatoes, and mild green chilies.
Chicken empanada was flaky, tasty, and succulent. At least on par with Chilenita, and perhaps better (though husband disagrees with me on that).
Next time will have to try the pupusas. Noticed that the handful of indoor tables was each supplied with a jar of cortida & a bottle of hotsauce, so probably worth sitting down to eat those on the spot.
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