11 April 2019 • Content team
Cooking around the world: Edy’s Carne Encebollada
At The Hague University of Applied Sciences, we like to look beyond borders. This starts very close to home. After all, our school is a melting pot of more than 140 different nationalities. We talk with each other, learn from each other, and eat with each other – all of which are good steps towards world citizenship.
‘In Guatamala we eat tortillas with every meal – even midnight snacks on the streets are soft tacos made with corn tortillas. We Mayans are known as hombres de maiz – men of corn. It’s difficult to find true corn meal (harina de maiz) in The Netherlands (you can use wheat flour if you must), but it’s worth the search. International grocery stores may be a good place to find it. What I like most about this dish? There is no need for plates or forks! Just scoop the meat and vegetables right onto the tortillas, so there will be fewer dirty dishes afterwards.’
Ingredients for 2 servings:
– 4 tomatoes
– 4 red onions
– 4 cloves of garlic
– 2 tablespoons soy sauce
– 300 grams beef
– 2 tablespoons vinegar
– Black pepper
– Corn meal
– Oil (optional)
How to prepare
Dice up vegetables. Slice up the beef. Cook the meat on medium heat in oiled pan, add a bit of ground pepper. Cut garlic up into thick slices. Add onions to meat, fry for several minutes. Add tomatoes, paprika and garlic. Add two tablespoons each of vinegar and soy sauce. Add a few shakes of salt if you are using sweet soy sauce, stir and turn to low heat.
For tortillas: put two cups of corn meal into bowl, add a little bit of oil, a bit of salt, and half a cup of water at first. Mix with hands, add water until you get a consistency like bread dough. You should be able to roll it into a ball in your hands. Use cling film or a plastic bag cut in half to cover the countertop, make a ball in your hand, and set the ball on the plastic. Then put another sheet of plastic over it and pat it down. It should not be too thick. Make about 5 or 6 for each person. Put the tortilla in an ungreased pan (you won’t want to fry it) on high heat, cook them quickly, like pancakes. Serve with the Carne Encebollada. Enjoy!
See below how Edy prepares this meal.