Around the Bowl

Soups of the world – Recipes from around the globe & some creations of my own


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Mexican Red Pozole – A Pork and White Maize soup

I am quite new to  Mexican food, but researching for soup recipes I kept bumping into Pozole and since we enjoy the Mexican Lime and Chicken Soup so much, I decided to give it a try.

Maize is the American continent basic grain, corn is to American cuisine what wheat or rice are to Europe and Asia respectively. In fact, Mexico is the Origin Centre of this cereal, and there are endless varieties of it and a few some of them are widely used all across Latin America, many more than the classic yellow sweet corn we are familiar with.

The soup I am sharing today uses a white corn known as “Mote Blanco” (white mote) or “Maíz Pozolero” (Pozolero Corn). White corn is also used in many other American countries; in Ecuador its crushed boiled grains are a usual side dish and in Argentina is used in “Criolla” cuisine in several dishes, like the “locro”, a maize and meat rich stew typically cook for Argentina’s Independence day, among many other dishes I don’t know. I haven’t mastered Latin American Cuisine yet, mainly because I haven’t travel this continent extensively and also because my passion for Asian food have been taking a lot of my cooking time, hahaha. But I am enjoying my discoveries so far, let’s try this one?

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Mexican Lime and Chicken Soup – Mayan Perfumes from Yucatán

This is not just another chicken soup, its origin goes back to the Maya civilisation from the Yucatán Peninsula and nowadays represents a typical dish from Mérida cuisine. As lemongrass in Thai cuisine, the lime is the essential and distinctive flavour in this case.

I love it because it’s other of my light and easy soups to fix a quick and yet delicious and complete supper and also because lately I have developed a weakness for sour soups and have discovered that there is a version almost in every culture. Besides, I always have frozen chicken and limes at home (the last ones are more for my gin&tonics than for soups, but it works either ways, haha). I think it must be very good to cure a cold as well.

Typically is served with fried tortilla strips, or some people even use tortilla chips. I skip this part and stick with the healthier option… Would you like to try it?

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