Could 5, 1999, I used to be sitting in a now defunct Chi-Chi’s restaurant in State School, PA with some buddies and acquaintances after courses. We had been celebrating Cinco de Mayo. I did not know a lick of Spanish again then. “I ponder what Cinco de Mayo means…” I mused in my ignorance.
“Fifth of Could,” replied Stacy.
“I do know when it’s, however I imply what does the phrase ‘Cinco de Mayo’ actually imply?” I requested.
“Fifth of Could,” she endured. “It is like Fourth of July for Mexicans.”
My head exploded. “So it is the Mexican Independence Day? Whoa. I by no means knew that.”
A few years later, I would be taught that it was not, in reality, the Mexican Independence Day. I would additionally be taught that the phrase “chi-chi’s” is definitely a slang time period for “breasts” or “nipples” in Spanish. And right here I believed it was a household restaurant. I all the time puzzled what went on in that 21+ bar space.
The precise Mexican Independence Day is September 16, simply over every week in the past. There was a decisive battle towards the French in Mexico on Could 5, 1862, however the day they declared independence from Spain was truly September 16, 1810. I assume “Dieciséis de Septiembre” does not fairly roll off a Yankee’s tongue like “Cinco de Mayo.”
At any charge, Mexican Independence Day is an effective excuse to eat pozole, as are different particular events like Christmas and New 12 months’s. Sonia grew up with it. She defined that it often takes some time to make, so it is typically reserved for holidays and celebrations, not in contrast to tamales or menudo. It is often served with pork or hen, whereas Sonia grew up with a model with beef.
This selection is vegetarian—vegan, in reality, and does not undergo from need of meat, at the very least not in our opinions. There is a good little bit of hominy and beans to provide the soup a hearty texture. It is filled with inexperienced chiles and onions, too. There is a good, even, reasonable spiciness within the combination, as nicely. I would put it at a 4 or 5 on the spice-o-meter, on a scale of 1 to 10.
Complaints: a number of the onion slices are very lengthy, spindly strands of onion which can be slightly troublesome to eat. I discovered the plastic seal very troublesome to take away and thought possibly the “onion” Sonia was discovering was truly items of plastic that did not keep connected to the remainder of the masking. Upon additional inspection, we decided that they had been, in reality, items of onion. And I imply, we each love onions. Sonia additionally needed extra hominy. She’s an enormous fan of the puffy kernels of corn. I do not know that I’ve had a lot hominy in my lifetime, however I actually appreciated it right here and would not have minded a tad extra of it.
You’ll be able to put it in a pot and warmth it on the stovetop or simply puncture the plastic masking and put it within the microwave for 3 minutes. It’s totally straightforward to organize. $3.99 for the two.5 serving container—in all probability 2 servings in precise follow.
All issues thought of, this product will get a thumbs up from each a gringo who’s by no means actually had pozole earlier than and a Latina who’s been consuming it her entire life. We’re not vegan, however we’re all the time pleased after we discover vegetarian and vegan merchandise which have sufficient “meatiness” and taste with out the useless animals. 4 and a half stars from Sonia. Three and a half stars from me.
Backside line: 8 out of 10.