Benny's Mexican and Honduran
- rudeboy Apr 14, 2014 03:02 PM
I see this truck at a construction site around the corner from my house on Burnet Rd (5400 block). Anybody know anything about it? Interested in the Honduran food. It;s only there for a moment.
EDITED: OK, I took one for the team and it was a great experience. There are only a few true Honduran things on the menu. I had something called a Baleada. Homemade flour tortilla filled with seasoned pork, cheese (couldn't tell what type, but it had a nutty flavor similar to Oaxacan), avocado, green salsa, and what looks like spiced cojita). Beans were slathered onto the tortilla prior to the toppings.
Anyhow, it was damn good. The tortilla really made it. As you can see from the pic (I ate half walking back, so you can see my bite marks), it is perfectly browned. They are on Clay near Burnet early before they head to some other construction site on 2244 between Mopac and 360.
Baleadas (Spanish pronunciation: [baˈljaðas]) are one of Honduras's most original and popular foods. A baleada is a wheat flour tortilla, often quite thick, folded in half and filled with mashed fried beans. They originate in La Ceiba.
People may also add other ingredients. The most common types of baleadas are the baleadas sencillas (simple baleada) which has crumbled cheese and crema. The other baleada is the baleada mixta (mixed baleada) which has the same as the baleada simple but with an addition of scrambled eggs. Many other people add sausage, plantain, hot sauce, avocado, chicken, pork and chismol which is diced tomato, onion and bell pepper. The big Honduran towns often have more than one restaurant that sells baleadas.
Types of baleada
There are different kinds of baleada according to the ingredients chosen by the customer or the region of Honduras.
Simple baleada (refried red beans, cream/crema, cheese)
Special baleadas (refried red beans, cream/crema, cheese, scrambled eggs)
Super special baleadas (refried red beans, cream/crema, cheese, scrambled eggs, chicken, ground meat or sausage)
In the region of Olancho and Ocotepeque the special baleada is served with all of the above and carne asada (grilled meat).
There is some speculation about that "Gringas" (a flour tortilla with melted cheese) originated from baleadas.
The Bay Island of Utila, off the coast of La Ceiba, adds pickled onions and creole (criollo) cheese to the beans.
Yes, that's the spot. I went around 10:30 AM because I saw it pass by my house as it was arriving. They blow a horn. Imagine that they pack up and leave at 11:45 or so to get to the other site, but I did not look to see. I live on Clay.
If you go down Clay, my house is the one that has a fallen tree on the roof. Working with insurance now - just found out that I have a $1900 deductible! Maybe I'll be eating at food trucks more often.
Oh, forgot to mention in case the pic is confusing. The thing is folded over when you get it. I munched on half, and then unfolded the rest to take the pic of the ingredients. The top (in the pic) was then folded down and eaten like a huge taco.
Benny's is a mobile catering business. They have a handful of trucks that stop at different construction zones. They are a hard to find moving target, but deliver great no-frills breakfast and lunch.