A quick glance reveals many similarities between Thai and Mexican cuisines; a love of pork, generous use of cilantro, lots of chili spiciness and tangy lime are just a few that come to mind. Mexican-born Chef Manuel Hinosa‘s immersive 5-month trip through Thailand was an exploration of many of these affinities, and the inspiration to come up with some unique recipes of his own in which both cuisines combine in unexpected and delicious ways. You can take a closer look his Mexican & Thai fusion project here.
Galangal Tlalpeño Broth
A rich broth inspired by two of the most famous soups of Mexico and Thailand: Caldo Tlalpeño and Tom Yum.
Spicy Shrimp & Mango Salad
A mix of fresh sweet mango, cucumber, fresh cilantro and red Thai chillies with grilled shrimp rubbed in a mix of Mexican dry chillies with lime vinaigrette.
Deep fried corn dough balls filled with shrimp, octopus and squid drizzled with a classic Thai sauce of red chilli, fish sauce sauce, sesame seeds and green onions
Thai Pork Tacos with Tamarind
Traditional soft corn dough tortillas topped with ground pork, fried garlic and Thai water spinach, drizzled with tamarind sauce
Spicy Beef Salad Flautas
Crispy, deep-fried tacos stuffed with beef, topped with grape tomato, cucumber, red onion salad and Thai lime-garlic vinaigrette, fresh cilantro and mint leaves.
Coconut Mole with Chicken
Almonds and sesame seeds form the rich, nutty base of many traditional moles; this one gets an added tropical touch with the incorporation of coconut.
Sticky rice with coconut milk and dulce de leche.
Manuel Hinojosa is a professional chef who has trained in both his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico, as well as in London, England. Manuel was head chef at Cochon, a French fusion restaurant in Guadalajara before recently moving to Toronto, where is involved in a couple of cool new food projects:
“My love and passion for food comes from my family legacy. I come from a big family full of great cooks and our family reunions centred around the kitchen: cooking, drinking and sharing recipes — I can’t wait to share my love for cooking with my new city!”
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