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Around the World--Starting in El Salvador

jayjay808 | May 10, 200203:37 PM

My hubbie and I are baby-Hounds and we just love this this board! Recently, we decided to do eat our way "Around the World" in San Francisco. (I know...sounds hokey, but hey, we're still newlyweds.) We started last night in El Salvador because we were in the mood to try pupusas for the first time. We took recs from this board and from friends and went to El Zocalo on Mission. We had a lot of fun!

I had the El Salvadorean-style chicken, which was two pieces of dark meat stewed in tomatoes, onions and peppers. The sauce was tasty, tangy and bright, but the chicken, although tender, seemed to need more flavor. The dish came with rice, beans and salad for $6. My husband had a platter with two pupupas--one chicharron (fried port), one chicken--a tostada-looking item with shredded chicken, and a meat-stuffed empanada. All for $5.50. Everything was decent, but the only one worth mentioning was the chicharron pupusa. Oh my god, so ONO!!! (I'm from Hawaii.) There was something about the rich, salty flavor of the pork and the soft and light texture of the dough that made it so savory and delicious. We will definitely be back for more!

For dessert, we had an empanada with custard and a sweet bean paste and another empanada with plantains and custard. The plantain empanada was much better--it had an interesting balance of tartness, sweetness but it was almost too rich. The bill for the two entrees, drinks and dessert was less than $20. We thought it was a great bargain.

The atmosphere is kind of bright and cafeteria-like. Nothing fancy, but we felt comfortable enough to ask questions about the food and relax without feeling self-concious as first-timers.

After our meal, we flipped a coin to determine which way we would "travel" from El Salvador. It turned up heads, which means we'll go east. Since we've already been to Mi Lindo Peru (loved it!), we thought maybe we should try the Carribbean or somewhere else in South America. Perhaps Brazil? However, we'd love to get some suggestions before we decide. Thanks in advance for all your help!

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