People might be surprised to know that Oklahoma City has a very diverse culture.
We have a fantastic Asian district with markets and restaurants. We also have many latin-american cultures here with markets also. I visited one this Friday with a friend of mine from work.
Dessi had me meet her after work at Feria Latina Super Market, located at 23rd and Ann Arbor. This is the place to go if you’re looking for the most wanted Mexican, Central and South American products to cook with.
Thank goodness she was with me the first time to show me around. There are foods from Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Venezuela, Honduras, Niceragua, and Peru.
Dessi made some suggestions and this is what i walked away with…
Let’s start with a few things you’re probably familiar with.
Let’s skip past that round container in the first photo. I’ll tell you about that in a minute. Peeled fresh garlic – the entire tub was $1.59. Then there’s a pack of pablano peppers which set me back a whole buck fifty as well. Avocados – $.79/each, oh, and they’re ripe. There’s nothing more annoying than wanting to make guacamole and not finding a ripe avocado at the first four super markets you go to. Limes, and jalepenos were super cheap as well.
That other round tub in the top left photo? That’s Guava Paste and I looked ALL over for that last year when trying to cook a latin style salmon. I sent Mr. Wonderful to several stores looking for it in vain. I have plans for that soon.
These were new to me.
Taro and Yucca root. The top is the Taro and the bottom is the Yucca…I think. Dessi says to peel them, cut them in chunks, boil them and drizzle them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. I’ll be doing that in the next couple of days and letting you know!
Mr. Wonderful (who has some island boy in him) heard the word Taro and had bad flashbacks to Hawaiian Poi which is also made from Taro. Apparently, he wasn’t a fan…
This is a crazy form of sweet potato that Dessi raved about.
She calls them boniatos and they are a white-fleshed sweet potato. Where the traditional sweet potato is orange inside, this one is white. A quick Google result described them as a cross between a regular potato and a sweet potato. Some of these things were huge in size!
These huge rolls were four/one dollar and were delicious. Kayla and I made a panini out of these today.
Spring onions and cilantro that cost pennies, some little soft crackers and a huge pack of tomatillas.
Those tomatillos resulted in a delicious recipe featured tomorrow.
Queso Fresco, a mexican cheese, Sazon- a mexican spice packet( featuring cilantro, achiote, garlic,and salt), chamomile, that Dessi says makes amazing tea and …my one oddity purchase of the day – peas in coconut milk. I have no idea why I grabbed them but Dessi says to make rice with coconut milk instead of water and toss these in as well. Hmmmm…intellesting…
I’m becoming addicted to trying to new cultures and the flavors that go with them. I can’t believe I once only lived the boredom of plain ol’ regular food. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am a big fan of down-home cooking as well, but mercy, there is an entire flavor world to experiment with out there, that is, if you’re lucky enough to have a place like Feria Latina Super Market in your area. Try a new flavor today!