Here are 4 examples of unique food that you will encounter in the Yucatan Peninsula during your stay with Gate48. If you go to any authentic eateries or decide to do a day trip further inland you are sure to find several if not all of these dishes.
Pibil is one the Yucatán’s most famous and traditional dishes. It is a slow-roasted pork dish that comes from this region. The meat is marinated in a citrus juice and then seasoned. They use a seed called annatto that gives the meat its distinctive orange color. When the meat is ready it is wrapped in banana leaf.
Poc’chuc is one of the signature dishes of the Yucatán, based on the ancient practice of salting meats. It is most often pork, which is prepared in citrus marinade and cooked over a grill, before being serveded with a side of rice, pickled onion, refried beans, and avocado.
Chicharrones is a traditional food consisting of fried pork belly or fried pork rinds. It could also be made from chicken, mutton, or beef. Sometimes they are used in meat salads with vegetables.
Tamales are made of masa or dough which is a corn-based starch.They can be steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf, with the wrapping discarded before you eat it. They can be stuffed with meat, cheese, fruits, vegetables, or chilies. In fact it can have anything, it really depends on your taste. This is a very traditional Mesoamerican dish, one of the country’s oldest. It has survived for simple reason: it’s a hearty and durable food that has served Yucatán residents well.
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