Alibi V.18 No.51 • Dec 17-23, 2009 

Food Quiz

The Great Mex-Vex

It’s time to stop branding every tortilla-based dish created as “Mexican” and show a little respect. Much of what we’re served in stateside Mexican restaurants would hardly be recognized in Mexico. Foods do cross over international borders and state lines, and truly “authentic” cuisine is difficult to define anymore, but c’mon. There’s no reason to lump together distinct culinary traditions like Mexican, New Mexican, Tex-Mex and Cal-Mex.

So, can you tell the difference between them? Belly up to this combo platter (a Tex-Mex creation) and see if you can determine which cuisine claims it.

Mex, New-Mex, Tex-Mex or Cal-Mex?

1) Sopaipillas

2) Soft tacos

3) Chili con carne

4) Fajitas

5) Pozole

6) Biscochitos

7) Stacked (flat) enchiladas

8) Chalupas

9) a. Carne adovada

b. Carne adobada

10) Chips and salsa

ANSWERS: 1) New Mexican. 2) Cal-Mex. 3) Tex-Mex. 4) Tex-Mex. 5) Mexican. 6) New Mexican. 7) New Mexican. 8) Mexican. 9) A. New Mexican.

B. Mexican. 11) Cal-Mex.