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Old 08-22-2014, 09:42 AM   #1
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A very pleasant surprise

A week or so ago, Mrs Hoot said she was in the mood for Mexican food.
So, I went to town to our one and only Mexican restaurant to fetch some goodies home.
While I was waiting for my order, I asked the wife of the owner if they ever served menudo.
She looked at me kinda sideways, smiled, and said simply "No."
Then she asked me if I liked menudo. I replied "Yes, very much."
She said that if I would come to the restaurant on Sunday, she was going to make a batch of menudo for her family and that she would gladly sell me some.
Let me tell y'all, I have had menudo from a can, which I thought was pretty good. The menudo that she prepared was absolutely the best! It was so far removed from the canned version...I was just amazed. She said that she makes it a couple of times a month, and that anytime I wanted some to come around and ask.
You just never know what you can find, unless you ask.
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:53 AM   #2
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Pretty cool, Hoot Congrats on your great find.
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:55 AM   #3
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That's a great find. I've never had menudo. I've also never cooked tripe.
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:00 AM   #4
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It takes a long cooking time for the tripe to get tender. The broth that she made was spicy, not too hot. It was very nicely balanced. I was somewhat surprised that she didn't use hominy, which the canned version is full of. I like it much better without the hominy.
She also included, on the side, some chopped onion, cilantro, and some lime wedges.
Holy smokes, it was good!
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:32 AM   #5
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Tripe is almost impossible to find in my area and it tends to be shunned by most of the younger folks.

I have seen several recipes for menudo adapted to use pieces of pork steak or pork stew meat instead of the tripe.

Sounds good to me!
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Refreshing when something like that happens don't you think? The kindness of strangers I call it.
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Old 08-22-2014, 12:50 PM   #7
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Sounds like you found a new friend. Here in my section of this city, every Italian restaurant makes tripe in a marinara sauce. Big baskets of bread are on every table to sop up every last drop of the gravy. I can totally understand your excitement with your new find. Happy eating!
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So glad you found a new friend Hoot!

I really like Menudo and there are several little places around here you can buy it every Sunday. Apparently it's the ultimate hangover cure.

I've been known to make it myself but I boiled the tripe outside on a camp stove as the smell is unmistakably tripe, even when it's very carefully and properly cleaned. I've never heard of it without hominy however. Some chopped onion, cilantro, lime wedges, and Mexican oregano on the side is practically mandatory . Ole' !!!
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Very nice Hoot! Ask and you shall receive, right? I really enjoy dealing with any business that gives that extra personal touch.
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Way to go, Hoot!
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