Posted by: Jeffsayyes | December 15, 2009

99th Street Quesadillas Guide

These is an extremely popular quesadilla stand, despite the picture. It is located on the triangle at 99th St and Roosevelt in Corona.

Quesadilla Selections:
Quecillo – Some type of cheese, possibly Oaxacan
Flor – refers to flor de calabaza, or squash flower
Chicharron – Pig skin
Papa – potato
Pollo – chicken
Huiclacoche – Corn mushroom or smut (try it!)
Cesos – brain
Carnitas – Fried pork
Bistec – Steak
Champinon – Mushroom

Tacos:
Bistec – Steak
Carnitas – Fried pork
Varbacoa -(usually barbacoa) BBQ – probably Goat
Chorizo – Mexican sausage
Cesina – Salted beef (jerky)
Car Enchilada – Refers to carnitas enchiladas. Which would be spicy fried pork. It should be noted that Carnitas are more like fried pulled pork than just one pork chop on a taco.

Memelas – Open faced corn tortilla with cheese, lettuce, black bean sauce and more. Similar to sopes or huaraches. (Some call it a Mexican pizza (I wouldn’t (I wouldn’t disintegrate the name of pizza like that))). More research needed.

Chalupas – smaller, fried tortilla shells topped with a filling of your choice, probably cheese, salsa and more. More research needed.
translation: Canoe

Bebidas are drinks which can be seen in the picture under the word.

Every cart does it different. The world needs your help to describe these taco cart creations.

Links:
Oaxacan Street Food Guide - Antojitos (appetizers, snacks)
Memela research
A food tour down Roosevelt with AChristensen
Street food site w/ street food recipes – HawkerStreetFood


Responses

  1. I believe “Flor” is short for “flor de calabaza” which is the flower of a squash plant, not the flower of a corn plant

    • You’re right! Thanks for keeping me honest.


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