mmm-yoso!!! is the blog about food Kirk, ed (from Yuma) and Cathy have enjoyed. Or not. Today's post by Cathy is an enjoyable one.
Hi again. It was Saturday and I needed an item that cannot be found at Lowes or Home Depot and so drove out to Harbor Freight Tools in El Cajon. Across the street in the parking lot with Papa Johns is
Inside, it is neat, clean, small (6 tables, 18 chairs) and efficiently run.
We soon heard the slapping of corn meal in the kitchen, making my pupsas as well as The Mister's corn tortillas. After a short wait, my pupusas (one cheese, and one revueltas) ($1.75 each) were brought out, along with a tomato sauce and a nice container of the "Salvadorean kimchee", as we call it (really it is called curtido) , pickled cabbage and carrot shreds with jalapeño.
The masa is fresh and the pupsas are cooked just right; you can see the light burn marks on the light crispy corn shell. Here is a cross section of the revueltas. Refried beans, cheese and chicharron. Excellent flavors. Next time I may just get an all chicharron. I always say this, but it does not happen. This is just enough food for me and I always want the cheese and I always want beans...the refried beans here are wonderful. Probably they use the chicharron or carnitas fat to cook the beans.
The Mister ordered the Bistek Salvadoreño ($7.95). A thin sliced round steak, stewed in onions, tomatoes and green peppers, served with rice and a salad. Good, home made food.
The other Salvadoran items on the menu include Yuca Frito, Empenada de Platano, Atole de Elote and Mojarra frita. All done quite well.
one scoop of pistachio, one scoop of fruita seca (dried fruit in a vanilla ice cream) and one ropompo (egg nog ice cream, but on a stick, so pretty much two scoops) it was ~$4 for all of this. Tocumbo deserves its own post, and will get one.
A nice meal before the drive home to play with goodies from Harbor Freight tools.
Pupusa Salvadoreña & Mexican Food 1207 East Main Street El Cajon, 92021 Open 9-9 M-Sat, Closed Sunday (619)447-2501
Neveria Tocumbo , the corner of Main and Ballard, El Cajon 92021 (at the signal light West of El Salvadoreña) Website