23 January 2010
Tostilocos | World champion of strange salads
Tijuana may go down in history as being the birthplace of the Caesar salad, but as far as iconic edible miscellanies go, Tostilocos would be without a doubt the true star. Basically, it's a nacho-nut-fruit-lard salad. You usually eat it at the park, the beach, the street fair, the lucha libre match, the soccer game, the bullfight or the mall.
Assembly is a simple surgery.
The good doctor grabs her scalpel and makes a head-to-toe incision down the spine of a snack-size bag of Tostitos, after which the bag serves as the bowl. She introduces cucumber chunks, apple slices, Japanese peanuts and a decent heap of cueritos, slivers of pig skin that have been marinated in vinegar. They're the color of raw fat and taste questionable. I particularly care more for the Japanese peanuts, as they're my favorite free bar food. They're basically Planters, but with a thin crunchy shell that's been sprayed with soy sauce.
In go a few other chewy odds and ends, some sweet, some salty. Then it's doused with chile sauce, chamoy and lime juice and garnished with a giant straw that's been dunked in tamarind and chile powder.