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Jan 27, 2014 01:56 PM

Mole negro in Durham/Raleigh/Chapel Hill?

Does anyone know of a restaurant in Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, or the immediate area that serves a mole negro sauce?

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    1. re: boaviagem

      Thanks for this. I found on the Web a reference to mole negro at Dos Perros, but when I looked on their menu, I didn't see it mentioned anywhere. Would be worth a phone call to see, though.

      1. re: boaviagem

        I just got off the phone with Dos Perros. They used to have a mole negro sauce but have replaced it with a mole Poblano.

      2. Last time I went to La Superior, they had freshly homemade mole negro paste available by the pound. Just thin with chicken stock in a saucepan over a medium heat.

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        1. re: durhamois

          Thanks very much for this. I was at La Superior just this past Sunday and saw what you are talking about. I just didn't know exactly what it was (I thought it might be mole negro) and if it were, I wouldn't have been sure what to do with it.

          1. re: PGDinDurham

            Those fresh mole pastes are an incredible thing. We're very lucky to be able to get those in this area. I have Mexican friends in Houston who would give anything to have a La Superior in town where they live.

            One of my favorite weeknight fast/cheap dinners is to buy some chicken pieces, some red mole, an avocado, and some tortillas at La Superior. Just thin the mole with chicken stock in a large pan, add uncooked chicken, cover, and let it simmer until the chicken is done. Add a side salad or veg, and voilà, you've got dinner. Garnish your mole with a little cilantro and avocado. Amazing alchemy.

            1. re: durhamois

              I have looked up a couple of recipes for using the paste. One had you add quite a lot of bread crumbs, which seems wrong to me. The other had you add boiled chopped tomatoes that you then blended and strained into a pot, then add the paste, chicken stock, a little brown sugar, and a little salt, which seems the way to go.

              1. re: PGDinDurham

                If you like tomatoes, I supposed you can add tomatoes; if you like it sweeter, you can add sugar; if you like it salty, you can add salt; but I've found them just fine as is, nicely balanced, just thinned with chicken stock. I certainly wouldn't add bread crumbs. Mole recipes sometimes call for a dried tortilla or two to be added to the purée, but the mole pastes from La Superior do not require it.

                1. re: PGDinDurham

                  I was just there, and can confirm the mole negro. $4.99/lb.

                  1. re: durhamois

                    Wow! That looks great. I am going to add this to my shopping list when I go there for some of their fantastic queso fresco and chicharrones con carne.

                    On the subject of quesos at La Superior, has anyone tried any of their cheeses other than their queso fresco? (I am referring to the cheeses at the first counter immediately on the left as you enter the part of the store with the bakery and tortilleria.)

                2. re: durhamois

                  I'm inspired by your recipe - I've cut and pasted it into a file called "Durhamois' Mole Chicken." Always looking for quick and tasty dinners and this seems like it would be right up our alley. I assume this is a lard free mole?

                  1. re: durhamois

                    Even quicker, buy a rotisserie chicken, make the mole sauce, and spread over the top.

              2. Fonda y Birrieria Jalisco Mexican in Raleigh may also be a possibility. I know they have Mole on the menu just not sure if it is publano, negro, or both.

                1. Fiesta Grill has mole, not sure if it's exactly what you're looking for.