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Mexican Street Food


QuesadillaStreet (food) wise - What and What Not to Eat on Mexico’s Streets

To satisfy antojitos (little cravings) there’s always an economic morsel or two to be sampled on the streets of Mexico. Cancun, Guadalajara, and Mexico City open their awnings like hungry mouths to welcome in peckish travellers, offering everything from sopa de lima (lime soup) to the ubiquitous quesadilla. Read on for the finest Mexican street cuisine that pesos can purchase, and those south of the border snacks to swerve.

Must try: Marquesita

Sure you have to try the bars and clubs while on your holidays to Cancun, but don’t leave without trying the light, sweet and irresistible Marquesita, a heavenly street snack for travellers with a penchant for pudding. Made on the surface of a hot, flat iron like a crepe, the base is cooked on each side, slathered with butter then crammed with a mixture of sweet and savoury ingredients. Your choice of Nutella, bananas, Edam, peanut butter or cream cheese will be rolled up into a cigar shape before the batter hardens to a satisfyingly crunchy shell. It’s officially impossible to pass by a stall with a grumbling stomach: find your Marquesita in the Parque de las Palapas.

Must avoid: Meat-based treats

If you want to evade a queasy tummy, it’s probably best to steer clear of open-air meat vendors. When chorizo, pork, beef and chicken are exposed all day exposed to air and warmth, bacteria tend to thrive. If you haven’t had time to build up resistance, you’ll probably not be too tolerant of eating it up by the taco-load. If you do feel adventurous, make sure your choice is given a thorough fry before you try.

Steer towards: Soup of the day

Soup is generally very safe, given that when it’s cooked it must be boiled continuously at a high temperature, thus killing any sneaky bacteria that might be lurking in the ingredients. Satisfying and comforting, caldo de pollo, or chicken soup, can be found almost anywhere: ask for tortilla strips and cheese with it for an authentic and filling snack.

Steer away from one: Water-based drinks

Hibiscus TeaHibiscus tea, or agua de Jamaica in Mexico, is easily recognised for its bright crimson, enchanting colour, attained by steeping vibrant hibiscus petals in water. Beautiful as it is, anything with water and ice in it could upset your stomach. Similarly, tread very lightly when considering a quenching aguas fresca or horchata, and consider something from a sealed bottle to be on the safe side.

While travel guides might warn you off sampling the wares served by the many street vendors in Mexico, it would be criminal not to dabble in the wonderful fragrances and flavours available. Just exercise a little common sense; be vigilant for poor hygiene practices, dodgy looking ingredients and don’t get too adventurous (or greedy!). Remember: there's always another stall just around the corner.

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