Pupusas, Cartlandia, Portland, Oregon

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Our visit on Cartlandia enforced my believe one of my opinions: Always try new things. Because of that I have already taste pig feet, turkey neck, Codfish and Crocodiles tail. When we went to Cartlandia and looked around what there was to offer and something we never had before caught our eye: Pupusas. Didn’t know what it was, but it sounded cute (Pupu in Finnish mean same as Bunny Rabbit in English) and was truly inexpensive: five bucks. This we got to try!


Because we didn’t have a clue, what these was, we took Super Pupusa and Super Green Pupusa, and let me tell you: It was SO Good!! On our trip through California, Nevada and Oregon I had couple of good dishes and this was one of them (other was quite a different price level, it was Bellalgio’s Breakfast. This enforced another my opinions: Best dishes don’t necessary cost much. That Super Green Pupusa: insanely Good!!!


But what is Pupusa? Here is what Wikipedia tells us:

“A pupusa (Spanish pronunciation: [puˈpusa], from Pipil pupusaw) is a traditional Salvadoran dish made of a thick, handmade corn tortilla (made using masa de maíz, a cornmeal dough used in Mesoamerican cuisine) that is usually filled with a blend of the following:

cheese (queso, usually a soft cheese called quesillo found throughout Central America)
cooked and seasoned pork meat ground to a paste consistency (called chicharrón, not to be confused with fried pork rind, which is also known as chicharrón in some other countries)
refried beans (frijoles refritos), or queso con loroco (loroco is a vine flower bud from Central America).
The two most common pupusas are the pupusa de quesillo (cheese) and more popular pupusa revuelta with mixed ingredients of cheese, beans,[1] and chicharrón. Pupusas are typically served with curtido (lightly fermented cabbage slaw with red chilies and vinegar).”


Jos matkalla on jotain opittu, niin aina kannattaa kokeilla uusia asioita. Itselläni on tullut maistettua niin siansorkkaa, kalkkunan kaulaa, monnia kuin krokotiilin häntää. Kun tultiin Portlandiin ja siellä Cartlandiaan, alueelle, jossa on valtavasti ruokarekkoja, pisti silmiin jotain, mistä ei oltu aikaisemmin kuultu: Pupusa. Pupusa on maissijauhoista tehty lettu, jonka päälle lastataan mieluisia täytteitä. El Salvadorilainen herkku, jota siellä saa ilmeisesti vähän jokaisen kadun kulmasta. Aika simppeleistä aineista, jauhosta, vedestä ja juustosta tehty lettu, joka sitten voidaan päällystää halutuilla aineksilla, esim. Super green Pupusa oli päällystetty salaatilla, tomaatilla ja avokadolla. Mielettömän hyvää!!! Ja hinta oli vaivaiset viisi taalaa, noin neljä ja puoli euroa. Ei siis paljo mitään. Jos joskus törmäätte matkallanne näihin, kokeilkaa, on kyllä kokeilun arvoisia!


4 thoughts on “Pupusas, Cartlandia, Portland, Oregon

  1. We first encountered pupusas a few years ago at a large multi-cultural festival in a downtown park. We liked them so much, the wife researched them, with the help of a Salvadoran co-worker of the son. With his and my help, she makes them a few times a year.
    We make the queso version. Aren’t they good!? We accompany them with curtido, a spicy cole slaw, (recipe available if you’re interested), and salsa roja. Happy eating. 🙂


      1. Sending a recipe as a comment on a website is somewhat awkward. If you’d like to comment on my site (even a smiley face), or if you’d like to send your email address, I’d be happy to upload the ingredients and process. 🙂 If not, just say so, and I’ll drop it on your site.


        1. Email is not a problem
          Jaana. rosenbergh ( a ) gmail. Com (no spaces ;D)

          I just tried again today and have to say that the Finnish recipe sucks! Something is just not right in it. Can’t wait to try out yours!


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