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Mexico City Street Food

Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
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Street Food in the DF: Empanada de Camarón Mexico City  Mexico
Mexico City Street Food  Mexico City  Mexico
Street Food in the DF: Empanada de Camarón Mexico City  Mexico

Mexico City Street Food

After a couple of days in Mexico City, once you’re well-rested and adjusted to the altitude, why not try a little street eating? After all, some locals do it every day, and the techniques vendors use have been in place for centuries, if not millennia. A good jumping-off point is the sometimes-grilled sandwich known as a torta. The ingredient combinations are endless, ranging from egg, shredded chicken, and pork loin to the Mexican piece of breaded beef known as a milanesa—and the list goes on. String cheese and chipotles or pickled jalapeños add a lot of flavor, but do it your way. A lot of customers at a stall is good sign both in terms of taste and cleanliness. With a torta under your belt, start thinking about tacos. Or that spot with the caldo de pollo chicken soup, perfect for all kinds of add-ins. Soon enough you’re a seasoned streeter. 

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almost 5 years ago

Street Food in the DF: Empanada de Camarón

We stopped at this stall near the Zócalo because there were tons of people buzzing around it so we knew it must be something good. My non-Spanish speaking friend ran across the street and pantomimed to the vendor that he wanted one of whatever he was selling. The man behind the cart pulled a little bready thing out from a basket and sliced it open around the edges to reveal a bunch of cooked shrimp and melted cheese inside. Unexpectedly, it was then slathered in avocado (ok) and ketchup (what?!) and then handed over to us so we could add our own dose of hot sauce to complete the dish. The total was about $1.50USD. We took our little frisbee-like plate over to a nearby table and tentatively took a bit of the ketchup-y, shrimp-y mess.

And it was so good! Honestly, one of the best things I ate in Mexico City, and I ate a lot. I went back to the vendor to ask what this delicious morsel was, and he told me it was an empanada! It was a lot different (in looks, taste and texture) than the empanadas I had been used to in Spain and Portugal, but this was just as good, if not better than the flaky pastries I had learned to love across the Atlantic. And cheaper, too!

The stand was unmarked, but it was associated by a little restaurant that was set up in an alley behind in, where you could eat your street food at tables. I can't remember the name, but through the miracle of Google street view I was able to rediscover the exact location of the stand!
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