On Saturday Cesar and I went to La Barbacoa de Tulum at the Plaza de Toros ( bull ring) for quesadillas and a caldo de barbacoa. Now I imagine that many of you are thinking ” what on earth is all that?” First of all La Barbacoa de Tulum is a chain of small restaurants here in Cancun and happens to be one of my husband’s favourite places to eat. They have very reasonable prices and the food is great. Their speciality is barbacoa which is a traditional Mexican dish that consists of meat or a whole sheep that has been slow-cooked over an open fire. Some places cook it in a hole dug in the ground. The very tender meat is then shredded and either eaten between corn tortillas or placed in a meat broth which sometimes has garbanzos in it and cilantro and chopped onion are added at serving time. Most people have at least heard of quesadillas if not eaten one but just in case…a quesadilla is either a corn or white flour tortilla that is then stuffed with cheese and may or may not of consist of a filling of meat, chicken, vegetables etc. Quesadillas are prepared on a hot grill and served with various salsas, diced onion and cilantro.
We usually eat at or get take-out at least once a week from La Barbacoa de Tulum or Cesar goes into withdrawal. On weekends they are open 24 hours so if you go early Saturday or Sunday morning you will often see a group of rowdy young club goers who are singing along to a song on the jukebox and have stopped for one last beer and a quick bite to eat before heading home. Oh how I remember those days!
I ordered a cochinita (slow-roasted pork) quesadiila and Cesar had a chicharron ( pork rinds in green sauce) quesadilla and we shared a hot bowl of barbacoa soup. We washed it down with an “agua de jamaica” which is boiled hibiscus flowers which has then been strained and cooled down and served with ice. It has many of the same properties as cranberry juice and even tastes similar. Once we were done it was time to go to the shopping mall as we had been invited to a friend’s birthday party that afternoon so we needed to buy a gift. Cesar was very happy as we had been told that our friend had hired La Placita Tacos to come and cook at his birthday so that meant tacos for dinner and as I mentioned in my post http://ashlied.wordpress.com/2009/12/04/anyone-want-tacos-for-lunch/ my husband LOVES tacos!
I forgot to mention if you like your quesadillas stuffed full make sure you eat AT La Barbacoa de Tulum and don’t get them to-go as for some strange reason they always skimp on the to-go orders.
What is your favourite quesadilla filling?