I am a Mexican food fan like the rest of you. But a nagging question keeps getting to me, especially when I read great reports on great eats. Even my long eating experience and girth does not really explain where beef (?) cheeks come from, especially when the Hispanic word is cabeza (head). Is this meat around the snout, from the head, all the above, or what? And is it beef, and is the taste really so different from the rest of the critter?
I have never ordered it, but want to try it. Sure would like to know what it is, to set my tastebuds up first. I am not squeamish, as tripe works for me in menudo (tripe soup) and pho (Vietnamese soup).
I also know legua (?) is tongue, but haven't had that since my Jewish childhood in New Jersey, and probably will keep it that way.............
Seso is brains, but I draw the line there too.
Have had birria a few times, which I always thought was goat. But recently a website seemed to indicate it could be lamb or beef also. So even though I'm pretty sure of the goat definition, the item left a doubt in my piddly little mind.
A few of the taco truck/stands/drinks reviews a few months ago in the Fruitvale/Oakland area left me wishing for definitions of items I never heard of.
I.E. hot and cold drinks, things other than the normal. Other than huraches (open faced sandal shaped corn dough filled with toppings. There were items at the seafood (mariscos)trucks that I never heard of. Like some messy eating thing to never eat in a car at "Taco Loco" (?) on E.14th, with counter stools only, near Bonanza store in Fruitvale area that I never heard of.
So how about it crew? How bout helping out all of us with some definitions of your favorite dishes or ingredients now to take some of the mystery out of the mystery meat or other items? And possibly posting a definition with your review or tip when you post it in the future. Let's get this thread rolling..........
My stomach and other chowpuppies would appreciate the edge-oo-mik-ation.
Regards to all and happy ethnic eating............Yum.