Thursday, August 8, 2013
As a follow up to my post on El Tucan, Alejandro spilled his trade secrets today.
The meat from his delicious hamburger comes from Carniceria Los Tres Huastecos at Carlos Del Castillo 4 in Colonia Guadalupe. They grind the flank steak fresh when you ask for Molida Especial. I asked for a quarter pound and it made 3 burgers.
To the hamburger meat, add two caps of soy sauce and 2 soy sauce caps of pineapple juice. Season with salt and pepper and cook.
Not sure if I mentioned that a Burger, fries and a non-alcoholic drink is 50 pesos or $3.95.
He also sold me a half kilo of the bacon he uses on the burgers. I haven’t had a decent slice of bacon since I left Chicago. It’s the El Centenario brand. I will not tell you how delicious this bacon is but it’s the best 40 pesos ($3.16) I’ve spent this week.
I rarely eat breakfast but it was so great to have eggs, bacon and toast today for a change.
He took the better part of 10 minutes trying to convince me that any grill - even this one I saw at the market today - would work just as well as a grill I just looked at...a Weber which is two and a half times the price in the US.
He also showed me how to light the grill using the old “boy scout” method. I laughed when I thought of my brother Terry trying to do this when he was young and almost burning down our house.
There are no ends to what I will learn as I meet more people like Alejandro who utilize conventional resources as opposed to buying something new…like the Weber.
If I were going to be here forever, there is no doubt that I would already be cooking on that Weber.
For now, I'm searching for places to get BBQ out. So far, they are few and far between.
Posted by Susan York at 12:43 PM