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Huitlacoche - where to eat it??

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dhs Sep 24, 2008 06:25 AM

I only had huitlacoche or corn smut once and it was not a very robust flavor like I would expect from something referred to as the 'Mexican Truffle'. I have a feeling it was the preparation. So I am looking for places to try it again, most anywhere in the 5 boroughs but Jackson Heights recommendations would be great.

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      StheJ Sep 24, 2008 07:01 AM

      Alma in Columbia Heights
      Rosa Mexicano in the city

      1. Astoria Lurker Sep 24, 2008 08:28 AM

        De Mole in Sunnyside has huitlacoche quesadillas that are excellent.

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        De Mole
        45-02 48th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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          dhs Sep 25, 2008 07:04 AM

          thanks for the replys everyone.Actually De Mole was were I had tried it. I was not impressed with the flavor. It was ok but beyond the shock factor of the mixture being pitch black, I did not find it remarkable. I have to think there is more to it. I am thinking now is the season to find it.

          1. re: dhs
            E Eto Sep 25, 2008 07:23 AM

            While it can be a seasonal food, the huitlacoche you find locally will be the canned variety. And it's not cheap when you come across a can (about $8 for an 8 oz can). The USDA has been doing its best to eradicate huitlacoche because it is a fungus that kills corn and affects crops. While fresh huitlacoche is sparsely available, it's probably going to be at a price, and at more high-end specialty restaurants.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corn_smut

            1. re: dhs
              Miss Needle Sep 25, 2008 08:01 AM

              I've had huitlacoche a couple of times in Mexico (fresh, not canned) and wasn't blown away by it. Like you, I was expecting something more as I've heard it described as a truffle. But it really didn't do anything for me.

              ETA: I've also had it at very good restaurants in Mexico. I don't think it had anything to do with the preparation. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't robust or intense like I thought it would have been. It was just there.

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                dhs Sep 25, 2008 09:37 AM

                Thanks for the information! So it sounds like what I ate was probably not fresh, and even if it was fresh, it would not really live up to 'truffle lite' expectations. I will keep my eye out to try it a few more times. It is an interesting ingredient for sure and I enjoy eating interesting almost as much as I enjoy delcious :).

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                  chadew Jun 17, 2009 10:12 AM

                  wow. i cannot disagree more. i wouldnt compare it to a truffle because its not. it has corn mixed in with it. the truffle comparison is just trying to market it to high end taste buds. but it is good. and definately fresh is better than canned. it all depends on the chef and how it fits into the plate. here is a pic of some just last week at a restaurant in oaxaca city. there is no way to convince me that it was anything less than delicious. as was the mole tamarindo in the background.

                   
                  1. re: chadew
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                    dhs Jun 17, 2009 10:42 AM

                    The item in your picture sure does look more appetizing than the quessadilas that seem to be the norm for offering huitlacoche in Queens. Still would like to find a place that I knew would have it fresh in NYC, outerboroughs or not.

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                    chadew Jun 17, 2009 10:14 AM

                    i tried the cart on 82nd. it tastes abt the same. good cheap somewhat healthy food on the way home.

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                chadew Mar 11, 2009 09:59 PM

                the only two mexican restaurants i have eaten quesadillas de huitlacoche are de mole and el sol azteca en queens. i prefer the ones at el sol azteca. they are enormous but judging by the fact that they are a permanent fixture on the menu i doubt seriously they are fresh. but still good. also a vendor outside the 74th st station on roosevelt consistently has them but i have yet to try them.

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                  chefjellynow Mar 12, 2009 06:03 PM

                  i got one today 82nd and roosevelt on the 82nd side. it was a quesadilla cart...it was pretty good, basically a veggie quesadilla not bad for $2 tho

                  1. re: chefjellynow
                    chilindrina May 29, 2009 12:59 PM

                    the "el pasito" cart on roosevelt between 74th and 75th usually has huitlacoche. it is canned, but they're great in the quesadillas that they turn out over there-- it''s what i pretty much always get. i *think* i remember the owner once telling me that you can also get huitlacoche dried, so if you're over there you could ask about that.

                    1. re: chilindrina
                      E Eto Dec 6, 2009 06:09 PM

                      Revisiting an old favorite, I finally tried the huitlacoche quesadilla at El Pasito and I have to say, it was pretty fabulous. I haven't seen huitlacoche around at too many places, and the one at El Pasito is a bargain at $2 a pop. Along with one of the better carnitas along Roosevelt, I've been a regular here for a while. It's one of the better carts in Jackson Heights.

                2. 2slices Jul 7, 2009 08:46 AM

                  Taqueria Coatzingo doesn't serve it?

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                  1. re: 2slices
                    Jeffsayyes Dec 6, 2009 06:54 PM

                    not on their menu. I can't recall seeing it on their sign. huit is a rare sighting.
                    They do have them on 99th st and roos at the very popular quesadilla stand.

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                    lenb Dec 7, 2009 02:12 AM

                    Xochimilco Family Restaurant in the Bronx has them on the board, i.e. a special, so they might be fresh. I had them yesterday and wasn't impressed, but I'm not sure what they are supposed to be like.

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                      jpiglet Dec 7, 2009 04:15 AM

                      All the main taco places on Myrtle Avenue in Bushwick have good huitlacoche quesadillas. I recommend comparing and contrasting Cholula Deli (Myrtle between Irving and Knickerbocker), the taqueria at Irving and Myrtle, and the taco truck on Wyckoff at the Myrtle Wyckoff L/M stop. They're all similar but use slightly different preparations. And yes, it's all canned, but I still love it.

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