Tuesday, January 27, 2009
It's the water.........or the corn.
Why does food taste better in Mexico?
We purchase our tortillas from a place in a little Colonia between the house and town. There is usually a line or at least two or three people standing in line with their plastic buckets or simply a large towel.
Sometimes the lines is all the way out into the street.
You get 1 kilo of fresh warm tortillas for about 7 pesos. They use to be half that price when we first found the place years ago.
The big question is how, why does the product taste so much better than the ones made in the US?
I'm not necessarily talking about the ones you buy in large supermarkets that are packaged in plastic sip lock bags, where you usually get about 15 tortillas for 2 dollars.
Even the ones that you get in a stack in a local Mexican market, just don't have the flavor that they do in Michoacan.
For that fact the chicken, the bright yellow chicken that sits out in the room temperature in the market all day with flies landing on them, the ones that bring shock to visitors from the North, not wanting to believe that it is a better product with more robust flavor.
Is it just me or is it a fact that the unadulterated not fooled with food just have a better taste?
OK, I will agree that I sometimes bothers me to see the stuff just sit out in the ambient temperature. Not as much as it did when I first saw it years ago.
But on the other hand I have never gotten sick on any of it.
I have with food purchased in a nice shiny yellow plastic tray tightly bound with clear plastic, poised on a bed of ice in the refrigerated cooler in a big supermarket in the North though. And got sick on that!
My grandmother who grew up in Russia then fled to China during the revolution always had stuff out on the counter for hours......
My wife keeps stuff out all the time also.......
There is something to be said for children eating dirt, playing outside picking up stuff and putting stuff in their mouths while they are growing up. The get some immunity to all kinds of stuff.
There is an epidemic of children in the US that has skyrocketed in the last 25 years of allergies to stuff. That transpired about the same time as "Concerned Mommies" started hovering around mandating little Heather or Jason to be careful and sterile and not touch anything.
I have been prone to less bugs and stuff since eating all kinds of food from street vendors, sidewalk restaurants and food from little old Indian ladies as they walk by the plaza.
I think it is healthier food than that stuff with lines and lines of additives that are listed on food products made by large factories.
And there's nothing wrong with leaving your eggs out either.
In the US the product can be as old as 2 months old. I can usually see the difference immediately when one egg gets broken and the white part flows out into the whole pan.
Just don't leave them out in the sun.
You do get them fresh don't you?