Yes, from 25 October – 5 November 2013, Taste of Mexico will be conducted in Cinnamon restaurant (Mandarin Oriental Jakarta’s lobby level) – by Chef Francisco Flores Obieta himself, the Executive Chef of a five-star resort and spa in Cancun, Mexico. He has years and years of professional experience, being previously at Au Comte de Gascogne (one of the michelin-starred restaurant in Paris) and Pujol in Mexico (ranked 17th in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna). With his impressive resume he flew all the way from Mexico with his team to bring you the delight of authentic Mexican cuisine, and I’d say, for IDR 295k nett it’s a pretty damn good deal. They even bring their own ingredients!
If you're an adventurous foodie or purely a Mexican cuisine devotee, here's what to expect at Taste of Mexico.
WHAT TO EXPECT: 1. MEXICAN SALAD
WHAT TO EXPECT: 2. ANTOJITOS MEXICANOS
There's a live cooking station conducted by Chef assistant specialized in Antojitos (literally "little cravings", what street-food snacks in Mexico are usually called.) That night, the antojitos was a some kind of corn tortilla dough pressed and flatten before filled with cheese and barbacoa meat and then pan-fried and shaped into half-moon. I didn't really catch the name, but I looked up and Wiki says it's similar to Gorditas. What's more unique is that they bring their own corn flour from Mexico. You will notice that the corn used is white corn & blue corn - they don't normally use yellow corn flour as the ones we commonly found in Indonesia. Ha, my first time eating blue corn flour!
WHAT TO EXPECT: 3. MEXICAN MAIN COURSES
At the Mexican main courses station, choose from 8 main courses including soup of the day. This will change daily so what you will experience might be different from mine.
WHAT TO EXPECT: 4. MEXICAN DESSERT
The Mexican journey would not be complete without getting ourselves to familiarize with Mexican dessert. From Concadas - a traditional Mexican baked cookies, Ate de Guayaba - Spanish candy snacks made of thick guava paste and coated with sugar (something like "dodol" in Indonesia; to Pastel de Tres Leches - sponge cake soaked in a mixture of three kinds of milk (condensed milk, evaporated milk and full-cream milk) and topped with whipped cream and selection of berries.
But the clear winner is definitely summarized by this line I tweeted right at that night:
It was probably the chubbiest churros I have ever seen & eaten up until now. Fried to perfection with its sheer golden brown color, the outer skin has a wavy short length that forms the shape of a rugby ball, yet still has that delicate insides' texture and strong hints of cinnamon sugar coating all the way around. Dipped or topped with bittersweet dark chocolate, this churros were... perfect.
And hurry up, you know you only have TWO days left for this! I met one of the people which later turned out to be real Mexican people, and they said that the buffet here tasted real close to the flavors they used to know back home. Hmm, truly authentic Mexican plus mind-blowing churros to top it off and make a perfect dining experience? I wouldn't waste any more of my time. :)
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