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Jan 6, 2013 12:57 AM

Mole negro in Vancouver

The first time I saw it was on Bourdain's "A Cook's Tour," then it showed up on Rick Bayless Top Chef Masters episode. I tried it at a gfs house where her mom made it, now I want it again. The recipe is a pain in the ass to follow, was wondering if anyone knew a good restaurant (heck any restaurant) that makes a good one.

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  1. I don't recall ever seeing it here but I really hope I'm wrong. My parents would about die for a good mole negro.

    1. Hate to say it, but good moles are hard to find in these parts (heck, they're even hard to find in Washington and Oregon). Truly the best bet is to make your own. I made one once this summer when I had a week off. It was a ton of work (all day cooking). But the guests were crazy about it.

      Saveur magazine has a mole negro recipe online for free (pork with mole negro).

      Sorry, but i doubt you'll find anything worthwhile at a resto here (there are a lot of crappy store-bought moles that are overly sweet). One thing I learned is that it is difficult to find good quality Mexican chocolate around here. Even the Ibarra is full of additives and sugar. Best just to use a good quality bittersweet chocolate and add Mexican cinnamon sticks.

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      1. re: anewton

        Just curious about where you sourced your dried chiles when you made your mole. The last time we just went to South Seas in Granville Island and the chilies were just ok.

        1. re: NoMoreSnuggles

          I'm sorry, but I have no idea where to source chiles in Van. I live in Victoria and went to the Mexican House of Spices on Douglas St., which has a pretty good selection (about a dozen types of Mexican chilies). I'm sure others can chime in as to where to go in Vancouver. Good luck.

          1. re: anewton

            Thanks for the Victoria tip! We're going to try mail order but I'll be sure to check in there next time I'm in Victoria.

        2. re: anewton

          Thanks for the help tho. Definitely look into the Saveur recipe

        3. I wonder if Adelita's would do it as one of their weekend specials. Their current menu doesn't specify the type of mole they use, although it looks like mole rojo.

          1. No idea if it's any good but a y**per was raving about the choc mole at El Azteca in Yaletown. It's on their DOV menu in case the OP wants to try it for fewer $.

            I also remembered one place that had mole negro, the Mouse and Bean, but it was bad and the resto is gone, so that's no help :-).

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            1. re: grayelf

              Thanks for the tip. I might go take a look.

              1. re: sillewater

                FYI, they only have a dinner menu for DOV despite what it says on the website.