The ever-expanding diversity of the population in Los Angeles brings about a mélange of delectable edibles from all over the world. Everyday, there seems to be more and more offerings from El Salvador.
Most all of the Central Americans who have come to live in Los Angeles are warm, happy, generous, engaging and kind. They have brought with them recipes that reflect these same kind of enticing attributes. One really should try La Pupusa Loca in Hollywood.
What could be better than a freshly, hand-made Pupusa? Pupusas are the national dish of El Salvador. They are tender (‘muy suave’, as they say in Spanish), smallish discs made of corn masa, stuffed with a choice of fillings. They might be filled with chicken, beans and cheese, pork and even with squash blossoms. Sometimes, you can select a Pupusa with a combination. Pupusas are always accompanied by Curtido, which is made of cabbage, carrots and onions, sliced paper-thin, and then slightly fermented in a mild vinaigrette. This juicy side dish is the perfect compliment to the savory and warm Pupusas.
Tamales are another offering from El Salvador. These are unusually light corn masa mixed with vegetables and then stuffed with chicken, pork or beef. All of which are well seasoned and cooked until these meats are falling apart. These Tamales, unlike most made in other in Spanish speaking countries are so light and fluffy; one wonders why they don’t sail off the plate enroute to the table.
There are two must-order drinks to be had from El Salvador. The most available, hot beverage is a slightly sweet, corn drink called Atole. This is a reminder of hot chocolate, only without the chocolate. For a cold drink order Ensalada. No, it is not a salad, but in fact, it is a fruit filled concoction, which looks like a bright, fresh fruit harvest that just landed in your glass.
With all these kinds of offerings, it is a fiesta, every night in El Salvador.