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What do people eat in mexico city?

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October 05, 2017 9:24PM

Due to globalization, cuisine from many countries can be found in larger cities of Mexico, including Chinese, Japanese, French and especially Italian food. The popularity of pizza and sushi have increased greatly during the past few years. American fast food chains like KFC, McDonald's and Burger King have also gained in popularity.

However, Mexico is a country with a rather large cuisine history: each state and region within Mexico has a traditional food for which huge encyclopedias can be found. In fact, traditional Mexican cuisine has been declared an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO since 2010; a recognition not even French cuisine has ever achieved.

South-Central Mexico - where Mexico City is located - is home to pozole (from Nahuatl pozolli), first created by the Aztec people. When Spain conquered Mexico, some ingredients like the meat changed, but it has kept most of the original recipe: a beef, pork or chicken soup with corn, avocado and some spices. Also tacos de guisado (corn or wheat tortillas wrapped around a meat stew) are from this region. It is worth noting tacos served on food chains outside of Mexico have nothing to do with the original dish. The torta or Mexican sandwich is a kind of baguette known as bolillo, which has several fillings, including ham, chicken, sausages, avocado, tomato slices, mayonnaise, onion and cheese.

There are also many garnish or entree foods from Mexico, including guacamole, nopal salad and hot sauces like pico de gallo (tomato, onion, cilantro), green sauce (made from green tomato) and red sauce (made from chile pepper). Also, there are very unusual foods, even for Mexicans: huitlacoche (corn smut) is a delicacy in Mexico, and is even being preserved and sold for a higher price than corn; escamoles, which are ant larvae, are eaten with corn tortillas. Chapulines (grasshoppers), are toasted, salted and eaten as a snack on some coastal states like Oaxaca.

Regarding desserts, Mexico has a huge variety of them: cacao has been cultivated in Mexico for at least three millennia. When mixed with sugar, chocolate (Aztec: xocolatl, Maya: chocolha) is elaborated. Crystallized fruit is also common, and many traditional Mexican candies such as cocadas (made of milk and coconut), mueganos (popcorn with caramelized sugar) and alegrias (candies made of amaranth seed and bee honey) are popular.

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October 05, 2017 9:24PM

Due to globalization, cuisine from many countries can be found in larger cities of Mexico, including Chinese, Japanese, French and especially Italian food. The popularity of pizza and sushi have increased greatly during the past few years. American fast food chains like KFC, McDonald's and Burger King have also gained in popularity.

However, Mexico is a country with a rather large cuisine history: each state and region within Mexico has a traditional food for which huge encyclopedias can be found. In fact, traditional Mexican cuisine has been declared an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO since 2010; a recognition not even French cuisine has ever achieved.

South-Central Mexico - where Mexico City is located - is home to pozole (from Nahuatl pozolli), first created by the Aztec people. When Spain conquered Mexico, some ingredients like the meat changed, but it has kept most of the original recipe: a beef, pork or chicken soup with corn, avocado and some spices. Also tacos de guisado (corn or wheat tortillas wrapped around a meat stew) are from this region. It is worth noting tacos served on food chains outside of Mexico have nothing to do with the original dish. The torta or Mexican sandwich is a kind of baguette known as bolillo, which has several fillings, including ham, chicken, sausages, avocado, tomato slices, mayonnaise, onion and cheese.


There are also many garnish or entree foods from Mexico, including guacamole, nopal salad and hot sauces like pico de gallo (tomato, onion, cilantro), green sauce (made from green tomato) and red sauce (made from chile pepper). Also, there are very unusual foods, even for Mexicans: huitlacoche (corn smut) is a delicacy in Mexico, and is even being preserved and sold for a higher price than corn; escamoles, which are ant larvae, are eaten with corn tortillas. Chapulines (grasshoppers), are toasted, salted and eaten as a snack on some coastal states like Oaxaca.

Regarding desserts, Mexico has a huge variety of them: cacao has been cultivated in Mexico for at least three millennia. When mixed with sugar, chocolate (Aztec: xocolatl, Maya: chocolha) is elaborated. Crystallized fruit is also common, and many traditional Mexican candies such as cocadas (made of milk and coconut), mueganos (popcorn with caramelized sugar) and alegrias (candies made of amaranth seed and bee honey) are popular.