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Oaxaca’s food is in itself a sort of intangible place that you visit, get to know and store in your memory. Huatulco, located in the state of Oaxaca, has been greatly influenced by the richness of this gastronomy. Fish and seafood are always a great option, but they’re not the only gastronomical treasures available.
The state of Oaxaca is greatly known for its several antojitos (a combination of Mexican fast food and snacks), elaborate main dishes, desserts and naturally flavored waters. All of these things you can easily find visiting colorful markets and even more so in celebrations of patron saints, both in small towns and large cities.
Some antojitos and dishes from Oaxaca you should definitely try include the fried or roasted chapulines with lime juice, squash blossoms empanadas or quesadillas and the delicious local Oaxaca cheese. Tlayudas are another typical dish that is just to die for. They are “giant”, crunchy tortillas that are covered with beans, beef or pork, Oaxaca cheese, lettuce and salsa. They may seem too big, but since they’re thin and delicious, you will eat it all before you know it.
The sea next to Huatulco provides a delicious assortment of seafood and fish that is often used to create the most delectable dishes. Giant shrimp broths, shrimp in tamarind sauce, or even in mezcal or white wine are frequently part of the menu. You can even try pineapples stuffed with seafood!
However, there is an incredible variety of main dishes in Oaxaca; it’s not just about the products of the coast. Beyond the blue-green waters and the white-sand beaches, in small traditional towns several types of mole (a complex sauce made with several types of chili and spices) are prepared: black, red, chichilo, green, yellow, the manchamanteles, almond mole, mole made with olives and capers… the list is long! These sauces are usually prepared with chicken or pork and served with a side of rice. Additionally, there are multiple dishes that are prepared with these different kinds of mole, both famous and local, like the Oaxaca tamales made with banana leaves.
Now, if you want to really have a full Oaxaca meal, you should complement your food with a nice glass of mezcal. This 100% Mexican liquor made from agave or maguey has a strong, yet exquisite flavor.
You should not leave Oaxaca without trying the delicious traditional beverage of tejate. This drink is prepared with the flower of cacao, roasted corn flour and mamey seeds, as well as cold water made with rice horchata and little pieces of cantaloupe, walnuts, chilacayote (a type of squash), or lemon and chia.
Of course, desserts are also a big part of any cuisine! Traditional sweets and a good cup of Oaxaca coffee is the perfect ending to any Huatulco meal. Let’s not forget that Oaxaca is the third coffee-producing state of the country. One of the best coffees in the region is Pluma Hidalgo, and if you want to visit the plantations and get a taste of the freshest coffee, this tour is just right for you.
On hot summer days, you should cool off after your meal with a heavenly Oaxaca sorbet (nieves oaxaqueñas). There are many different flavors available, from lime to burnt milk candy, to prickly pears, to walnuts and even an Angel’s Kiss (mamey, strawberry and pine nuts) or Oaxacan Kiss (coconut, pineapple and carrots).
So now you know, from appetizers to dessert, you must try Oaxaca’s gastronomy in your next trip to Huatulco. Check out this list of recommended restaurants and eat away.
There is definitely something for every taste!
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