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What are Tejuinos?

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They seem to be some sort of fruit drink from Guadalajara. The link below has a picture of a cart selling them. Do they always come with ice cream?

Just for the heck of it if anyone knows what rasas fresca are, it would be nice (also on the cart).

There's a little store near me that sells a few refreshements from Gudalejara like raspadas (the worlds best shave ice/snow cone/slushie/slurpee. They use fresh fruit puree with the shaved ice).

Anyway they sell tejuinos. The owner and I have a language barrier and I just had an embarrasing encounter with a mollete there, so I'd kind of like to know what to expect from a tejuino before ordering one.

Link: http://www.johntoddjr.com/23%20Favori...

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  1. according to the linked website below, Tejuino Super Z is a "100% natural refresing Mexican drink of corn, ice, salt and lime". It may actually be a brand name, and you can see a produced product on the cart...so fruit drink? I don't know.

    Rusas Frescas (you are misreading the sign on the cart or else you have a typo in your post, as it is an 'u' not a 'a'), literally means "Fresh Russian-style" (it is actually two adjectives). What the heck it is I have idea....

    Link: http://tejuino.com/

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      Amin (London Foodie ''OrientRice@aol.com'')

      Have attempted to translate it as best into English (my spanish is a bit limited no ?). Dont know what words like 'nixtamal' or 'piloncillo' mean:

      Here is what I make of it:

      Tejuino Super-Z is a refereshing drink from 100% natural maiz, combined with ice, salt & lemon.

      The maiz is first cooked ''nixtamal'' (??), then it is ground in a mill, after which the masa of 100% pure maiz, then the masa is diluted with water, is then cooked with ''piloncillo'' (??) and other ingredients exclusively from TEJUINO SUPER-Z)which is pre-packed in an envelope of ingredient marmalade, then we pour in loads of shaved ice, salt and lemon, served in a tumbler for you to enjoy a unique and delicious taste.

      note: They don't give the exact fomula or contents of the marmalade of ingredients mix. Probably its a family trade secret of the Tejuino family.
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      1. re: susancinsf
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        Amin (London Foodie ''OrientRice@aol.com'')

        Have attempted to translate it as best into English (my spanish is a bit limited no ?). Dont know what words like 'nixtamal' or 'piloncillo' mean:

        Here is what I make of it:

        Tejuino Super-Z is a refereshing drink from 100% natural maiz, combined with ice, salt & lemon.

        The maiz is first cooked ''nixtamal'' (??), then it is ground in a mill, after which the masa of 100% pure maiz, then the masa is diluted with water, is then cooked with ''piloncillo'' (??) and other ingredients exclusively from TEJUINO SUPER-Z)which is pre-packed in an envelope of ingredient marmalade, then we pour in loads of shaved ice, salt and lemon, served in a tumbler for you to enjoy a unique and delicious taste.

        note: They don't give the exact fomula or contents of the marmalade of ingredients mix. Probably its a family trade secret of the Tejuino family.
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        1. re: Amin (London Foodie ''OrientRice@aol.com'')

          Well, thank you both.

          Amin of London I had to chuckle even before reading your post. Since you recently posted about an unfamiliarity of Mexican food, I was wondering if you had hopped a plane to Mexico just to expand your culinary knowledge of that cuisine.

          Anyway piloncillo is brown sugar. It comes in a hard cone shape. There's a picture and more info below.

          Actually your translation helped a little more, it explaned the shaved ice connection. The word was on the same sign as the respadas (snow-cones). So he must grind up the ice and add this beverage.

          Thanks I'll try it out and let you know how it tastes. It sounds ok. Everytime I go to this shop and ask for something the first thing he says is "Do you know what that is". As I said, his explanations are a little confusing.

          Link: http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/piloncil...

          1. re: rworange
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            Amin (London Foodie ''OrientRice@aol.com'')

            Hi Krys, glad you enjoy my postings. Unfortunately as I will never get to try so many of the good things available out there, I whet my appetite on these boards. Maybe will just hop on a flight these days to Mexico and see some of their variations for myself.

            This piloncillo link -you know, I have DEFINITELY seen this stuff in my childhood back in Pakistan -only it was a much lighter shade of brown. Maybe its equivalent to Jaggery. Infact am sure it is, and it comes in exactly the same conical (not comical) shape.

      2. It is a brown corn-based drink that's served with lemon ice (sorbet). Please tell me where you found it in the Bay Area since I just returned from Guadalajara without making a trip to El Polo Norte for their tejuino. You can usually find it in a tianguis (outdoor markets) or on street corners in Guadalaraja, but I was weary of the water street vendors use and didn't try it.
        Thanks

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        1. re: Mari

          Cafe Euro in Richmond. The biggest landmark is the El Tapatio restaurant right across the street. Don't know their hours, but I know they are closed on Sunday.

          Here's a link to their exact address and phone. I'd give them a call to make sure they have it if it is a drive for you. The raspadas (great rasapads) have a long list of flavors, but only make a few a day.

          I'm going to head over there today to see if they have the tejuinos.

          If you are into torta ahogada, they have those too, but I haven't tried them.

          If you do try the tejuno I hope you'll report back on how it compares with the one you had in Mexico.

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        2. For the skinny on tejuino and several other unusual Mexican drinks, click on the link below.

          You'll need a user name and a password, since this is a subscription-only site.

          Use these:

          User name: oct05
          password: chapala

          Click on the "Mexican Kitchen" article.

          Yes, the author is yours truly.

          Link: http://www.mexico-insights.com

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          1. re: Cristina

            Gracias, Cristina! That's a really nice article.

            For rworange: When your Guadalajaran friend asks if you know what something is, try saying this:

            No, y por eso, quiero probarlo!

            (No, and for that reason, I want to try it!)

            1. re: Amata

              >>>No, y por eso, quiero probarlo!

              (No, and for that reason, I want to try it!)<<<

              Wow, great answer. I'm going to write that down and use it a lot. Probably stick it in with my Chow passport.

              Cristine, thanks so much for the great article. Now I feel really ready to give it a try. I also like the toast at the end. I'll use that next time when I'm celebrating with my Latin in-laws.

              This is so wierd but yesterday I ate at a new restaurant called Ajijic. It was the first time I heard of the town and I goggled around to see if there were any dishes that were a specialty of the area around the town. I didn't look a whole lot and didn't find any in my search, although I did learn there is a Domino's pizza in Ajijic. That's when I got discouraged and gave up the search.

              This little restaurant isn't serving anything out of the norm. They had conchas, not the sweet roll, but a flour tortilla filled with meat, rice,lettuce, cheese and beans. However they decided not to sell it as they felt it was too exotic for the Bay Area crowd and no one would buy it. I don't know, sounds like a taco salad to me.

              Thanks so much again. BTW, do you know what rusas fresca is that was on the Tejuinos cart in the picture in the OP?

              Link: http://chowhound.safeshopper.com/18/c...

              1. re: rworange

                Rusa is the name for soft drinks (usually Coke, or grapefruit, like Squirt)that are poured over a shot of *jugo de limón* and spiked with as much salt as you like. Try it, you'll love it--it totally changes the nature of the soft drink. I can't drink a soda any other way.

                You can also get a rusa with a *piquete*--a shot of something alcoholic, usually tequila.

            2. re: Cristina

              Excellent article, Cristina!

              Your last sentence reminded me of a (pre-Euro) Spanish variation on the toast:

              Salúd, amór y pesetas, y lo demás ... ¡puñetas!

            3. Tejuino (teh-HWEE-no) is a thick sweet corn drink sweetened with a brown sugar-like substance called piloncillo (pee-lohn-SEE-yoh) and allowed to ferment slightly. It's then served with a scoop of lemon ice. It's not alcoholic enough to require any sort of licensing (in Mexico at least).

              Here in Los Angeles, it's sold by vendors on the streets of heavily Mexican neighbourhoods (such as mine).

              1. About a year ago Cristina introduced me to tejuino at a street corner cart in Jocotopec (west of Ajijic). It is very tasty, not to mention refreshing. Part of the fun was watching the vendor pour the maiz and piloncillo liquids back and forth between two large cups to combine them well before finally pouring it all into the serving cup and scraping a paddleful of soft lemon ice onto one side of the cup.

                It's definitely worth seeking out and trying if you get the chance.