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Papuseria Salvordenas Chowdown Report (SR)

kare_raisu | Aug 30, 2007 03:04 PM

Just returned from another fantastic Chowdown organized and attended by our awesome Northbay hounds and families and I had a great time!

With the memory fresh in my mind here is my report!

Stephanie and I both enjoyed a Horchata - El Salvador style while we waited for the rest of the group to join us.

I really(!) liked this drink which I am pretty certain was housemade and possessed kind of an earthier quality then the typical bone white concoctions. THe wonderful cinnamony sentiment had settled to the bottom - which we stirred up and drunk down.

EN ordered pretty much "one of everything" of the antojito menu as well as a Salpicon (shredded cold beef salad with mint) which was an excellent choice condsidering the temperature, still air (and no ac).

>> Tamal de Elote:
Sweet Corn Tamal - not bad - but I was kind of put off by what looked like mayo instead of crema. I tried some on my slice -thought "what the heck" - I guess it works in a pinch...not sure though.... I like the DE truck's uchepo a lot better.

>> Tamal de Gallina
A solid bannana leaf salvadoran tamal - moist, achiote shredded chicken bits of green bean potato.

>>Empanada de Platano con Crema y Frijol
Custard stuffed and a black bean stuffed plantain fritter. The exterior possessed a sweet crispness which gave way to a moist, soft interior. The custard was good but - I liked the more savory black bean version.

>> Pastelitos-
Little meat filled empanadas which EN said had achiote mixes into the batter - hence the red color. They were delicious but I wish the filling had more of an aggresive flavor.

>> Salpicon
I really hoped that this dish would have been better. No shredded beef - just minced almout ground beef-esque bits. No lively mint backround- more of an afterthought. Needed much more lime juice and perhaps some chile powder. It was ok with the addition of acidity provided by the curtido and or salsas. I think a sweet red or yellow onion would have worked better than the plain jane white onion dice.

>> Papusas (Squash, Mixed and ???)
BEST dish on the table. Just go get one.

>> Curtido
No soul to this one. The hot tamales curtido is like crack and beats this one no question - I believe because they use fresh oregeno and maybe some chiles.

>> Chilate con nuegados (Yuca fritters in syrup with atol-esque side drink, sauce)
I had reservations about this dish because I am not to keen on syrup drenched desserts but this was very delicate. Thin, crisp yuca fritters (almost like tostones) in a light caramel sauce with this lovely presented atol drink to pour over. Great dish.

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