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Jan 3, 2013 03:48 PM

Mexican cheese question.

NYC has lots of Mexican food carts now, and most of them make tasty sandwiches that, paradoxically, include this white, stretchy, chicle-like substance that has no taste whatsoever.

What do you call this stuff?

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  1. Maybe panela? Even here in Mexico City I have a hard time finding panela that doesn't have the taste of tofu (i.e., almost none), and I don't think I've ever had a torta where I thought the panela brought something to it. It goes nicely on salads though and I'm pretty sure it's panela that I see a lot crumbled on top of enchiladas, refried beans, and what have you.

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    1. re: Soul Vole

      Panela is a fresh cheese, with a squeaky texture. It doesn't melt much.

      Other other hand 'stretchy' brings to mind Oaxaca, which is more like a string cheese.

      1. re: paulj

        I think I've had 2 kinds; one is stringy and tasteless, and the other is more slabby, and equally flavorful.

        I don't get it. Is it supposed to taste like rubber? Does it lose something at this latitude?

        1. re: paulj

          Oaxacan cheese reminds me of a less-salty mozzarella, which is a very good thing to think about on a torta...