Is a pupusa:
A. An Indian baby carrier?
B. A cocooned bug?
C. A baby dog?
The answer is none of the above, but that is the question I asked Donny from Downey who runs the Vchos food truck seen at the Blast Off to Summer Block Party.
Donny explained that a pupusa is a very popular dish from El Salvador. It is a corn tortilla stuffed with cheese and meat (usually pork) and served with pickled cole slaw called curtido. It is his biggest seller and when he offered me one to try, “bring it on,” I said.
The pupusa was hot and smelled great. As I took a bite things got messy as the tortilla fell apart and the cheese stretched out for over a foot from my mouth. The cheese, pork, and red sauce went together really good. The cole slaw was spicy but amazing. I recommend eating it mashed together. It is a challenge to eat but it was the greatest food truck food I ever had.
I asked Donny what the name of his truck meant and he told me ‘Vchos’ was a shortened version of vichos which is slang for ‘youngster.’ Donny’s truck can be found in Play Del Rey and Santa Monica. It can can also be tracked on www.vchostruck.com.
When asked what would he like to say to the people of the Palisades, Donny said, “Eat more pupusas.”
I can only say, “bring it on!”
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