Monday, October 17, 2011

Chichen Itza

In the same food court as Mo-Chica was Chichen Itza an amazing Yucatan Restaurant.

...not to be confused with Chicken Itza.

I ordered the cochinita pibil which was stewed pork, but was underwhelmed because I've had something similar on different occasions, but it was what was recommended by Yelpers.

Jimmy got the Queso Relleno which was amazing. A chowhound review adds a little background to this dish that is currently making my mouth water.

Queso Relleno is one of those TRULY Yucatecan dishes. Not only does it incorporate the history of the region, but it’s riches as well. In the late 19th century, the Yucatan was known through out the world for one thing… Rope. The finest rope in the world was made on Plantations near Merida. This brought seaman from all over the world… many of them stayed and settled there too… Among them were the Dutch… The dutch brought with them balls of Edam Cheese. They would hollow out the balls to at the sweet buttery cheese… and then give the shell to their Mayan servants. From those shells was born Queso Relleno. The ball is stuff entirely full of ground meat (At the time it would have been ground deer) and spices and then steamed in a cloth. Sauces were made from the meat, one red made of tomato, another white similar to a roux…

Huevos Motulenos - Two fried eggs perched on a crispy corn tortilla spread with black bean puree; a scattering of diced ham, Cheddar cheese, and peas served with a light tomato sauce and fried plantains.

Pollo Pibil - Juicy bone-in chicken legs marinated with achiote, sour orange juice and spices, cooked in banana leaves, and topped with pickled red onions, served with sauted black beans, confetti rice, and steamy tortillas.


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