Mexican Cooking from Oaxaca, the Land of the 7 Moles

Mexican food from state of Oaxaca, the land of the 7 moles. Moles are the super-rich chile-based sauces and in my Mexican cooking class we made two of the seven Oaxacan moles: Mole Coloradito and Mole Amarillito.

But mole is only one of many Oaxacan specialities; there are more…

  • Sopa de milpa or ‘garden soup’
  • Chapulines (grasshoppers). I tried one once, from a vendadora in the Oaxacan market. It was coated in a barbeque spice that tasted similar to the spice on bbq peanuts, although peanuts don’t have little legs that stick in your throat.
  • The main food market is certainly worth a visit. While you’re there, you can try the chapulines!

try it, you'll like it! (Oaxaca, Mexico) or perhaps the carnitas might be more to your taste…

the carnitas come with all sorts of Mexican salsas

the carnitas come with all sorts of Mexican salsas: guacamole, salsa cruda, tomato and avocado salad and do not forget the radishes! After all, there is even a Festival of Radishes in Oaxaca…

  • Queso Oaxaca, also called queso asadero, has a flavour similar to young Monterey Jack but with a stringy texture.
  • Our Oaxacan menu included  ‘Buñuelos’ for dessert: fried tortillas topped with a cinnamon sugar mix and dipped into ‘miel de piloncillo‘, a syrup of raw sugar, orange and lime peel zest, anise, and clove.

    Buñelos

    buñelos y miel de piloncillo

  • While you’re in the state of Oaxaca make sure to buy a bottle of Mezcal, the special drink of the region!

    Sal con chile para El Famoso Mezcal

    Salt and chiles to go with your shot of Mezcal

If you are in Oaxaca in July check out the Guelaguetza  – a summer festival with lots of traditional dancing. The dance pictured below, known as Flor de Piña (Pineapple Flower), is traditionally performed by women wearing the regional costume of Tuxtepec, a city in the state of Oaxaca.

Flor de Piña dance from Oaxaca

Flor de Piña dance from Oaxaca

Flor de Piña dance from Oaxaca

Flor de Piña dance from Oaxaca

Oaxaca, the museum, the street, the church

Oaxaca, the museum, the street, the church

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