Many of you do not know this, but my boyfriend’s family is from El Salvador. They have a very rich culture, but even richer food. Last week, we went to a cute little restaurant called Pupuseria in SE Portland. I am always up for trying new food, and this was delicious!
Traditionally, a pupusa is similar to the Mexican Gordita. It is a homemade corn flour tortilla that is usually filled with beans, cheese, chicken, pork or a combination of these. Most of the time, they are served with a cabbage salsa made of cabbage, vinegar and red chillies. At the Pupusaria, they use jalepenos in their salsa. These are also served with a watery tomato sauce that is similar to tomato soup.
While it takes a while for these tasty treats to be made, it is very authentic cuisine to the country. While we waited for our food, we looked at all the beautiful pictures of the country. The owners of the restuarant spoke little English, but I didn’t mind. It made it feel more authentic to me.
When our plates were brought out to us, it was served traditionally. We were given a large plate with all the pupusas on it and a side plate with the tomato dipping sauce and salsa. We had ordered two chicken, two bean, and two cheese. We were given no silverware as it is traditionally eaten with the hands and shared.
Normally, my son is a very picky eater. He had absolutely no qualms of eating this. He didn’t even think twice before digging into this tasty dish he had never tried before. Surprisingly, he ate a whole six inch bean pupusa to himself!
I strongly recommend trying this delicious Salvadorian fare. The cheese pupusas are made with a delightfully filling goat cheese that tastes similar to mozerella. This is the best central American food that I have ever tried in my life, and it was definitely worth the risk.