Friday, 24 August 2007

A comparative study of Cornish pastys in Latin America

In Mexico City Norte Bus Station there is a little stand that sells "Pachuca Cornish Pastes".

This is a reference to the Mexican town of Pachuca, which has some sort of relationship with Cornwall, and thus I suppose the pasty. I don't think it's a coincidence that it is also a mining town- everyone knows that the point of a pasty is to
stop soot and grime getting on the tasty food. I guess that's why they have it in Mexico City bus stations.

This story has other branches- I am reminded of the very popular salteña which they have in La Paz, Bolivia (it also came over for all the miners). These are made from a kind of short pastry, and are overflowing with a treasure- laden sweet salty meaty sauce, full of vegetables boiled eggs etc. Everyone stands around the stalls in the morning, first taking a little bite, then sluuurping out the juice before chomping them down. Unlike with this Mexican version the Bolivians make absolutely no reference to its origins, and are very proud of it as a distinctively South American dish, which to be fair they have made all their own. They are delicious.

Unlike my Mexican Pachuca Cornwall 'chorizo' flavour
paste which was awful and about a week old.
Top: Pachuca Cornish Paste. Bottom: salteñas

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