This one’s kind of a funny one – when the email came and I was invited to the home of Mad Mex’s CEO Clovis Young to check out the new menu – you can’t help but feel priviledged? Its just a foodblog? It wasn’t like you were headed out to a venue of some ilk – this was his home. Not quite sure what to expect, we headed out, and dropped in at *snip*… ;) I did google Clovis a little and found out that he did the CEO cookoff (part of ozharvest) and did quite well for the charity and was quite impressed before even meeting my host.
Mad Mex CEO Clovis Young in his home making his invited guests Mad Mex’s new oaxaca (pronounced Wa-Hah-Ka) mole/salsa sauce. Really personable and nice. This was a wow moment. He knew the recipe and made that whole pot of salsa from scratch. Really impressed. Also impressed that he took the time to set up what was essential a cooking demo. You can just make out that the salsa is still reddish but an additional bit of time on the stove will darken it into the luxuriant dark mole sauce we’re getting. The recipe card is actually on MadMex’s website and is referenced below. Like… what?! Yup, they’re basically giving it away too.
A whole bunch of chillies. Its not suprising that that tiny red one is the most fiery one. :P In the mole, there featured these 3 variety of mexican chillis and it cooks down to a complex smooth sauce.
Fresh Tortillas for the Burritos. And yes, food safety = gloves.
A look at the ingredients and a chat about how to roll a burrito.
Mezcal tequila. Fairly robust and worms at the bottom of the bottle. Refraction index seems to have somehow hidden the 2x worms in this bottle. It was quite strong and had a petrol-esque plume and nose. I didn’t mind it.
Hey, its a Pacificio beer. Quite easy drinking. A bit too easy to drink.
K’s putting ultra mild sauce on her enchilada Burrito. Its actually quite fun to make your own. Takes a bit of getting used to (the rolling that is)
Here’s the new Enchilada Burrito from Mad Mex as made by me. ;) covered in oaxaca mole/salsa and a lime wedge. Verdict? Yummo. Normally, Mad Mex burrritos are quite good to eat anyhow but the added notes of chilli, chocolatey mole sauce was quite nice. Wasn’t anything left on the plate after. This was a good dinner surrounded by interesting guests.
so Day after, I dropped into Mad Mex to try out one of these new enchilada burritos in the real world to compare it against the version we had at Clovis’. Verdict: yup, its good and still quite a substantial feed even though my version the day before was ridiculously ginormous. It was quite interesting to be adding acid to the burrito with the lime which cuts the smooth, chilli/chocolatey flavours of the mole. The sauce also added a lot of moisture to the burrito. My one observation was that it was a bit harder to eat it in that bowl with a fork+spoon as opposed to having it on a plate. But I did clean it out. Its good eating.
Add $2 to your order should you chose to add the enchilada sauce to the burrito. There’s a poster at Mad Mex but you’ll probably miss it as its not quite apparent that its there and why you should add it to your order. Its different, its new and its definitely worth trying.
Available at Madmex shops
Thanks to liquidideas for the invite.