Mexico is a fascinating destination that is home to nature’s splendours, a rich culture and wonderful tourist attractions. Food is a major part of the Mexican culture and it is often said that the way to a Mexican man’s heart is through his stomach. Whether that is true or not, the key to enjoying the best of Mexico is definitely through its scrumptious cuisine. No wonder then that more and more travellers are swapping regular tours to Mexico with Mexico culinary tours. In keeping with this trend, here are some of the best places in the country to sample the wondrous flavours of Mexican food:
The food in the Yucatan Peninsula is called Yucatecan cuisine and displays a fascinating mix of Mayan, European, Mexican and Caribbean influences. Pork, chicken and turkey are the main types of meat consumed here, along with fish in the coastal areas. One of the distinct elements of this cuisine is the use of anchiote–a peppery red sauce made from the seed of the tropical annatto plant – as seasoning. It also makes use of a number of tropical fruits, including sour oranges that were introduced by the Spanish. There are a number of dishes found in this region that are not available anywhere else in the world, making it an excellent destination to spend your Mexico culinary holidays. Some of the dishes you should try here include Ceviche, ChillesRellenos,Papadzules, Pibil, PocChuc, QuesoRenellos and Sopa de Lima.
The cuisine of Oaxaca remained more or less intact even after the Spanish Conquest, though it did adopt some influences. One of the most famous products of this combining of cuisines is the famous Oaxacan cheese, which is a modification of the mozzarella cheese brought in by the Spanish. Another characteristic element of Oaxacan cuisine is chocolate, which is consumed as a beverage, ground with cinnamon and almond paste, a must try during your food travel in Mexico. Oaxaca is also renowned for its seven different types of mole, a spicy Mexican sauce made of chilli peppers and about 20 other ingredients. Mastering the different varieties of mole, which include black or Negro, yellow or Amarillo, red or Rojo, green or Verde, Chichilo, Coloradito and Mancha Manteles, is a great experience to have during your Mexico cooking vacation.
Nilofer Asrani loves to travel across countries in search of the perfect experience and considers herself quite a gastronome. She recently returned from Mexico culinary tours and in her article she shares some of the best places to visit during tours to Mexico and try some great traditional mexican dishes.