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ISO Mexican Stone Serving Bowls

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On a recent trip to inland Mexico, the restaurant served a hot spicy soup in a black stone bowl. They also had salsa served in a smaller version (photo attached). I've exhausted my internet and Toronto search and could only find plastic ones. Anyone know where to get the real stone version or even what they are called (so I can find them on the internet)? Thanks.

 
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  1. Well, your photo looks like a molcajete without the pestle. I'm not sure if there is another name for the same type of bowl that is just meant for serving.

    1. You might check Korean shops like PAT for something close. Have never seen fine grain volcanic anything here like a molcajete or metate.

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      1. re: Kagemusha

        Thanks for the feedback!

        I do have a Molcajete (with Pestle) but these black bowls were much smoother, deeper, and definitely for serving. I'm sure they are closely related.

        I also have a few stone Dolsot bowls which we use regularly when making Korean dishes They ARE excellent for serving, especially when preheated. The Mexican bowls were almost as smooth as the Dolsot, but more in the three / four legged mexican style.

        I am looking for these Mexican bowls in a variety of sizes (to use for hot and cool serving), because the Dolsot has been so useful. They are also very impressive to serve in...

      2. I think you're looking for the plain smooth basalt type of Molcajete. Gourmet Sleuth have them.
        http://store.gourmetsleuth.com/molcaj...

        It might be worth asking someone in Perola's, Latin America Emporium, or Market-Tino. Even if they don't have them, they might know where else you might find them.

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        Latin America Emporium
        243 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

        Perola
        247 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

        Market-Tino
        2394 Keele St, Toronto, ON M6M 4A5, Canada

        1. May have seen them at Nella Cucina? Probably best to call.

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          Nella Cucina
          876 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

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          1. re: ComeUndone

            Thanks kitfo and ComeUndone. I look forward to investigating your suggestions. I think the key is Balsalt and Publano (since it was in Puebla where I saw them). Thanks again.