This morning, we drove to Boyle Heights to check out the Mexican grocery store El Super. It was super all right. Walking into the store was like taking a trip into Mexico. You’re greeted with the smell of fresh homemade tortillas, big displays of chiles, corn husks, and cactus. The produce is fresh and everything in the store is so cheap!
One of my favorite finds in the grocery store was vegetarian chorizo. Often, fake meat has wheat as an ingredient, but this package proclaimed it was gluten-free! I decided to make some for brunch today in a chorizo and fried potato recipe I found in my favorite Latin American cookbook, Jose Garces’ “The Latin Road Home”.
Jon had a version of this recipe with real meat chorizo, and this was his review: “Tasty! Would go great with salsa verde and scrambled eggs”
Ingredients (serves 2):
1/2 pack of vegetarian chorizo, crumbled
1-2 yukon gold or similar potatoes, cubed
1 small white onion, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
handful of crumbled quesa fresc0 (for serving)
Boil water in a medium pan. Add potatoes and boil until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain potatoes and set aside. Heat olive oil in a frying pan and add chorizo, onion, and jalapeno. Cook for about 10 minutes until onions are caramelized. Then, add potatoes to the frying pan, and more olive oil as needed. Cook for about 5-10 minutes until potatoes are crispy and fried. Serve with crumbled quesa fresco and your favorite Mexican breakfast dishes!
Grand Central Market is another gem in Downtown LA. It’s a dusty old place that has been in operation since 1917, and has lots of stalls that sell super cheap vegetables, tacos, Asian rice bowls, fish, ceviche and more.
Recently Grand Central Market has been going through some big changes. A new breakfast place called Eggslut opened up a few weeks ago, and just last week a fancy cheese shop opened up. While it’s nice to see some new things in the market, I really hope the affordable old-world food stalls can survive the gentrification!
One of my favorite classic stalls in the market is Sarita’s Pupuseria. If you haven’t had them before, pupusas are cornmeal pancakes, filled with cheese and vegetables. In addition to the classic cheese, at Sarita’s you can have pupusa fillings ranging from mushrooms to spinach or jalapenos. They also serve their pupusas with complimentary spicy coleslaw, which really livens up the softer taste of the pupusas.
I’ve tried out some other dishes at this stall, including the plantains, but you really want to stick with the pupusas here – they’re the best thing on the menu.
Jon and I went to Sarita’s for breakfast today and it was delicious as always!
Jon’s Review: A delectable combination of cheese and whatever the other ingredient is.
Sarita’s Pupuseria. Grand Central Market. 317 Broadway #41, Los Angeles, CA 90013, (213) 626-6320, Open everyday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.