"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > International Cuisines and Ethnic Cookery
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-22-2014, 08:42 AM   #1
Executive Chef
 
Hoot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: The edge of the Great Dismal Swamp
Posts: 3,306
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.
__________________
I used to be a racist, but I don't have much interest in it since Dale Earnhardt got killed.
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
Good judgement comes from experience; experience comes from bad judgement.
Hoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2014, 08:53 AM   #2
Chef Extraordinaire
 
GotGarlic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southeastern Virginia
Posts: 25,351
Pretty cool, Hoot Congrats on your great find.
__________________
Anyplace where people argue about food is a good place.
~ Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown, 2018
GotGarlic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2014, 08:55 AM   #3
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 47,719
That's a great find. I've never had menudo. I've also never cooked tripe.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2014, 09:00 AM   #4
Executive Chef
 
Hoot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: The edge of the Great Dismal Swamp
Posts: 3,306
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!
__________________
I used to be a racist, but I don't have much interest in it since Dale Earnhardt got killed.
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
Good judgement comes from experience; experience comes from bad judgement.
Hoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2014, 10:32 AM   #5
Master Chef
 
Aunt Bea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: near Mount Pilot
Posts: 7,610
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!
Aunt Bea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2014, 11:07 AM   #6
Sous Chef
 
menumaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: South West France
Posts: 595
Refreshing when something like that happens don't you think? The kindness of strangers I call it.
__________________
Celtic cook

Life is like good wine.......best taken with friends x
menumaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2014, 11:50 AM   #7
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Addie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: East Boston, MA
Posts: 22,365
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!
__________________
Illegitimi non carborundum!
I don't want my last words to be, "I wish I had spent more time doing housework"
Addie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2014, 01:15 PM   #8
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Kayelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: south central coast/California
Posts: 14,766
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' !!!
__________________
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but rather by the moments that take our breath away.

Kayelle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2014, 03:14 PM   #9
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Cooking Goddess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Body in MA ~ Heart in OH
Posts: 14,414
Very nice Hoot! Ask and you shall receive, right? I really enjoy dealing with any business that gives that extra personal touch.
__________________
You shouldnt wait to be senile before you become eccentric. Helene Truter

"Remember, all that matters in the end is getting the meal on the table." ~ Julia Child
Cooking Goddess is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2014, 12:50 AM   #10
Certified Cake Maniac
 
LPBeier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: The Great "Wet" North
Posts: 20,355
Way to go, Hoot!
__________________
Living gluten/dairy/sugar/caffeine-free and loving it!
LPBeier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2014, 06:26 AM   #11
Wine Guy
 
Steve Kroll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
Posts: 6,345
Back in the 80s I used to work on a cruise ship out of Galveston, TX. Whenever we were in dock a group of us would drive up to Houston to eat at this little hole in the wall joint run by a nice Mexican lady like you describe. My buddy, who grew up in Houston, told me the first time we were there "You gotta try her Menudo." And so I did. It was heavenly.

I tell ya, I've had Menudo several times since, but I've never enjoyed it as much as I did at that place. I was spoiled for life.
Steve Kroll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2014, 12:24 PM   #12
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec
Posts: 25,431
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
w00t!
__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2014, 03:31 PM   #13
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Dawgluver's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 25,042
Sweet story, Hoot, you've been adopted!
__________________
She who dies with the most toys, wins.
Dawgluver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2014, 03:45 PM   #14
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Addie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: East Boston, MA
Posts: 22,365
Having spent five years living in South Texas, the one thing I learned was if you want really Mexican food, then find a hole in the wall with a real woman from Mexico doing the cooking. For those who lived in Aransas Pass, it was Mama Lupe's. There were other ones, but not as good as hers. Even I would eat her chili. I loved working for her.
__________________
Illegitimi non carborundum!
I don't want my last words to be, "I wish I had spent more time doing housework"
Addie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2014, 05:28 PM   #15
Chef Extraordinaire
 
buckytom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: My mountain
Posts: 21,539
just a few weeks ago i was lucky enough to go to a restaurant that was serving tripe italian style (trippo alla romana) as a special appy. the waitress laughed when i ordered it saying that i was 1 of the only 2 customers who were brave enough to eat it since they put it on the weekly menu. they were ready to give it away.

i've never had menudo but i'll have to keep an eye peeled for it. good find, senor hoot.
__________________
The past is gone it's all been said.
So here's to what the future brings,
I know tomorrow you'll find better things
buckytom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2014, 06:21 PM   #16
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Addie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: East Boston, MA
Posts: 22,365
Quote:
Originally Posted by buckytom View Post
just a few weeks ago i was lucky enough to go to a restaurant that was serving tripe italian style (trippo alla romana) as a special appy. the waitress laughed when i ordered it saying that i was 1 of the only 2 customers who were brave enough to eat it since they put it on the weekly menu. they were ready to give it away.

i've never had menudo but i'll have to keep an eye peeled for it. good find, senor hoot.
That is a big seller in this part of the country. Saturday is Tripe Day in this town. All the old geezers meet at their favorite restaurant and talk and eat, and talk and eat.
__________________
Illegitimi non carborundum!
I don't want my last words to be, "I wish I had spent more time doing housework"
Addie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2014, 06:40 PM   #17
Chef Extraordinaire
 
buckytom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: My mountain
Posts: 21,539
lol @ geezers.

yeah, they talk too much.
__________________
The past is gone it's all been said.
So here's to what the future brings,
I know tomorrow you'll find better things
buckytom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2014, 08:17 PM   #18
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Addie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: East Boston, MA
Posts: 22,365
Quote:
Originally Posted by buckytom View Post
lol @ geezers.

yeah, they talk too much.
Yeah. They tell the same old stories about the old country and how hard they had to work as kids. Or their war stories, same old, same old. But the restaurants don't care. Because while they are sitting there, they all are ordering a second and sometimes a third helping of tripe.
__________________
Illegitimi non carborundum!
I don't want my last words to be, "I wish I had spent more time doing housework"
Addie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2014, 07:34 AM   #19
Senior Cook
 
chiklitmanfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Too close to Atlanta
Posts: 195
Sounds like a great place to be a patron of, Hoot. If you're from "the great dismal swamp" you have probably heard of chiterlings, which in the south is pronounced "chitlins." Well, I have never tried Menudo or Chitlins and probably never will. It just doesn't sound appetizing. Probably won't every try haggus either for the same reasons.
chiklitmanfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2014, 11:20 AM   #20
Executive Chef
 
Hoot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: The edge of the Great Dismal Swamp
Posts: 3,306
There is a service station/convenience store down the road a bit from the community college that serves chitlins every day. They are prepared very much like I remember from my youth. Just the right balance of vinegar and hot sauce.
I know they ain't everyone's idea of good eats, but I sure do like 'em!
Hope to have the opportunity someday to try haggis, 'course there is a very long list of foods I would like to try afore I shuffle off this mortal coil, as they say.
__________________
I used to be a racist, but I don't have much interest in it since Dale Earnhardt got killed.
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
Good judgement comes from experience; experience comes from bad judgement.
Hoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
other, peas

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:29 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.