Puerto Rican pasteles
Does anyone know where to find fresh pasteles in the Bay Area? My mother is Puerto Rican, and has told me for years about the pasteles her grandmother made at Christmastime. She used three different masas: of plantain, rice, and corn. And the stuffing--one of them, at least--included ground beef, almonds, chick peas, and egg. My mother, now 84, will be visiting me in Berkeley for Christmas. And I would love to serve a feast of fresh pasteles.
Hello, I was born and raised in Puerto rico and my mom came to visit me recently and we made about 5 dozen pastels...My freezer is full of this delicious treat... I have lived in the bay area on and off for 7 years and no restaurant really captures puertorican flavor.
I would be very happy to share the pasteles and we would be awesome for your mom to taste home! Thats how gooooood my mom pasteles are.
She brings a suitcase full of all specific spices to season the meat...that are not available in grocery stores here.
Let me know...
FYI: Was at Sol food yesterday - the Pasteles are only available on Sunday with the Pernil.
If you are every in Hawaii - they are available there - a relic of the Puerto Rican Immigrantion in the early 20th due to Hurricane devastation in their homeland and need for Plantation workers in Hawaii.