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Seeking Navajo fry bread

Louise Jan 9, 2009 10:29 AM

Does this exist in the SFBA? In California? I've heard of it but don't remember ever seeing it here.

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    ML8000 RE: Louise Jan 9, 2009 10:37 AM

    The only place I've seen it in the BA is at community events, street fairs, pow-wows, etc.

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      Aeroshark RE: Louise Jan 9, 2009 10:58 AM

      i had it once (an indian taco) at the american indian history museum in dc (mitsiam cafe), and although it had its differences, the texture of the bread is similiar to a chalupa at taco bell

      although im also really interested in where you can find it... if anyone knows let us know

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        chocolatetartguy RE: Louise Jan 9, 2009 11:57 AM

        I've seen it at the periodic pow-wows that occur at Provo Park and on campus in Berkeley.

        Never seen at any restaurant.

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          sydthekyd RE: Louise Jan 9, 2009 12:31 PM

          Grocery Outlet had a fry bread mix in a bag a while ago.

          1. kirinraj RE: Louise Jan 9, 2009 02:43 PM

            Yeah..powows and american indian events are the place to look. I've had it at indigenous peoples day in berkeley and an american indian event at the berkeley museum of anthropology. Its actually easier to make your own than to look for it.

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              Displaced California Foodie RE: Louise Jan 9, 2009 03:40 PM

              Is Sioux Fry bread the same as Navajo?

              Here is a link to the bread that was raved about at a NYC foodie convention:


              1. Melanie Wong RE: Louise Jan 9, 2009 04:07 PM

                Yep, at special events. Here's my post on the fry bread I found at Indian Taco Day in Ukiah.

                If you can find somewhere that makes Hungarian langos, it's almost identical (but with some potato starch).

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                  Steve Green RE: Melanie Wong Jan 10, 2009 10:37 AM

                  At the risk of hijacking this thread, has anyone seen Hungarian langos anywhere since Paprika's Fono / Big Sky closed? I miss that stuff!

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                  siulan_99 RE: Louise Jan 10, 2009 09:43 AM

                  Strangely, Cheesecake Factory at SF Macy's has a dish with Fried Bread. It's authentic.

                  Cheesecake Factory
                  251 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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                    wolfe RE: siulan_99 Jan 10, 2009 09:56 AM

                    THE NAVAJO
                    Warm Fry-Bread Stuffed with Grilled Chicken, Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion and Mayonnaise. Served with French Fries.
                    Back to 5 Easy Pieces.
                    Hold the Grilled Chicken, Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion and Mayonnaise.

                  2. sweet ginger RE: Louise Jan 11, 2009 09:28 AM

                    I recently found a very simple recipe for it and made it for the first time- It's incredible when fresh and warm. Can't imagine it would be much good packaged, and there are so few ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder, water), a mix doesn't make much sense.

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                      ceviche RE: Louise Jan 12, 2009 12:15 PM

                      if you can hold out til May, you should DEFINITELY go to the Stanford Pow-Wow on the Stanford campus. you'll have your pick of fry bread stands, along with other goodies.

                      it's worth going to even without the food, because there are jewelry and craft sellers, dancers, drum competitions, etc. don't be intimidated just b/c you're not indian, there are TONS of bilagonas (navajo for white people) there!

                      the common ways that i've seen fry bread sold there and at other places are:
                      1 - navajo/indian taco: frybread the size of a paper plate with ground beef, shredded yellow cheese, lettuce, refried beans, etc. i'm sure someone, somewhere (probably either at stanford, dartmouth or university of arizona) has written an excellent graduate thesis on the ethno-gastronomical significance of this dish, but all you have to worry about is that it's good eatin!
                      2 - frybread with honey and powdered sugar. same frybread, but served as a dessert. tasty!
                      3 - frybread as an accompaniment to green chilli or mutton stew. this is my personal favorite way to eat frybread. especially good when it's super cold outside.

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                        kirinraj RE: ceviche Jan 12, 2009 02:26 PM

                        do you know if there are places at the stanford powwow that sell the mutton stew or green chili? cause if there are im there!

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                        John C 22 RE: Louise Jun 7, 2010 03:14 PM

                        I've been looking also and couldn't find anything. Looks like some people are trying to start something in LA though.


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