Discover Mexican cuisine in Camberwell
Article posted: August 21, 2020
Even though it has a history that dates back more than 9,000 years, Mexican cuisine is still enjoyed across the world today.
Mexican cooking is heavily influenced by beans and corn, but it’s the flavours of chilli, coriander and lime that make this cuisine so fun and fresh.
Mexican cuisine is believed to have originated with the Maya people thousands of years ago, but this style has changed over time as different ingredients were incorporated into their cooking.
The Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire in the 16th century is believed to have introduced a wider selection of ingredients to their diet, particularly meat, poultry, dairy and rice.
Today, Mexican cooking has reached the far corners of the globe, especially the USA-style version of the cuisine commonly called Tex Mex.
In fact, traditional Mexican cuisine is so important that it joined UNESCO’s representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2010.
In Mexico, the cuisine varies from region to region, influenced by the different climates, geographies and communities.
For example, popular dishes in central Mexico include braised or roasted pork dishes known as carnitas and pozole, which is a pre-Columbian era meat stew.
Recipes in the north of Mexico feature a lot of beef, goat and ostrich, while dishes in south-eastern Mexico have a Caribbean influence, with popular fish recipes and spicy chicken and vegetable dishes.
Mole, which is a traditional sauce pronounced ‘mol-eh’, is one of the most popular Mexican foods for festivals and special occasions.
If you’re looking to try some Mexican or Tex Mex dishes, grab yourself some tacos, enchiladas, guacamole, and elote, which is a grilled corn dish and popular Mexican street food.
For an extra kick, enjoy your Mexican fare with tequila or a margarita.