What to Eat on Cinco de Mayo

Friday, May 5, 2017 | 1:29 am

Cinco de Mayo is not actually Mexico’s Independence Day! Contrary to this popular belief, it celebrates the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War, which came after Mexico’s independence from Spain, the Mexican-American War and the Mexican Civil War.

America’s Cinco de Mayo misses the most is the traditional food of Mexico. And what makes its fare worthy of such a distinction? During actual Cinco de Mayo you will find lamb meat that has been smoked underground in banana leaves or carnitas topped with queso fresco, pickled onions and homemade salsa verde wrapped in a warm homemade corn tortillas and much more. Enjoy a taste of Mexico at El Portal and with these dishes you just can’t miss.

Mole poblano, a Cinco de Mayo special, is a dish made from turkey with a dried chile and chocolate infused sauce. First time this dish was made in Puebla, where the commemorated battle took place. Try El Portal’s Enchiladas de Mole – mole sauce served over two chicken enchiladas, topped with toasted sesame seeds and sour cream with rice and black beans on the side.

Custard or Pudding – originally it should have been a flan, but it’s more difficult to make that custard or pudding. Flan is a pudding-like vanilla-caramel custard dessert that has roots throughout Latin America. Flan de Yucatan is an original version of the dessert, with real vanilla and delicious caramel flavor, that is available at El Portal and Vanessa’s Cafe.

Margaritas – Head out to El Portal to get some classic margaritas with a twist – try the Blood Orange Margarita with Jose Cuervo Tradicional, blood orange sour and club soda, served on the rocks with salted rim and orange wedge.

Visit El Portal for a selection of over 50 bottles of tequila, margaritas and Mexican food. El Portal is located at 695 East Green Street. Call (626) 795-8553 or visit www.elportalrestaurant.com for more information.






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