Originally posted by axvawe
When eating Mexican I always use a tortilla to sop up the different sauces.
The other day I went to Otilia's, a mid-priced Mex-Mex place, and settled on Conchinita Pibil. It was very good - not the best I ever had but better than most. The pork was swimming in an awesome sauce which I couldn't get enough of. I used tortillas throughout the meal to sop up the sauce but when the meat was all gone, there was still a lot of good sauce left and only 2 measly corn tortillas, which hadn't been very good at soaking up the sauce. I hit upon the idea of submerging them completely, letting them soak a bit, then cutting them up before bringing them to my mouth.
It didn't work very well - they got soggy and just pulled apart in small pieces.
I was nearly alone in the restaurant, the only other diners at the far end of the room. I thought about the dilemma for just a moment, then picked up my iced tea spoon, which hadn't been used, tilted the platter a little so the sauce ran to one end and slurped up a couple of spoonfuls.
The wait staff and hostess smiled and seemed impressed by my diligence; they all urged me to come back soon. Of course, maybe they just want others to be able to witness the spectacle
I was eating alone; I'm not sure I would have done that if there were tablemates or even if there were other diners at the next table.
Next time, I'll try to remember to specify flour tortillas, which I think will soak up more.
Oh yes. I did not saucer and blow on my coffee. Nor did I stick my thumb in the Cream of Poblano soup to see if it was too hot. I'm not completely without manners.