Solber Pupusas came all the way from Red Hook with their Salvadoran specialties. I got to sample a pork and a chicken pupusa, served with salsa, the cabbage slaw known as curtido, and some pickled jalapenos. Nice to have a taste of El Salvador in Elmhurst.
Xin Jiang Prosperity Kebabs
Xin Jiang Prosperity Kebabs, a Manhattan-based cart (and recent Vendy Awards finalist), was selling fish balls, chicken, beef and lamb skewers (lovingly displayed here by a friend) for $1 each, and this was the fastest moving cart all night. The lamb skewer was my favorite, with salty bits of tender lamb covered in cumin seeds. Quick and delicious.
Corona's own Tortas Neza (another recent Vendy finalist) was on hand with their famous tortas and tacos, but also my personal favorite, gorditas de chicharron: fried corn cakes stuffed with pork skin. These aren't normally on the menu anymore, so I was happy to see Neza hand-forming them just for the event.
The Arepa Lady
Another treat usually reserved for late night, and one that came with a steady, nearly hour-long wait, was the famous Arepa Lady, Maria Piedad Cano. She was constantly busy, from 4 p.m. until she ran out of food well over six hours later. But her freshly griddled, buttery corn arepas always came with a smile.
Morocho, a Peruvian fusion truck usually parked in Union Square, was a tasty last minute addition to the line-up. I sampled the Anticuchos ($6), veal heart on skewers topped with tangy green huacatay sauce (a Peruvian herb) over a bed of choclo (large, Peruvian corn kernels) and grilled potatoes.
The Chipper Truck
The city's Irish food truck came all the way from Woodhaven in the Bronx to sell their Irish food in the otherwise mostly Latin American food festival. Of course, when I saw the beer-battered sausage with chips ($7.00) on the menu, that's what I had to order. Sprinkled with salt and vinegar, the chips and beer-y sausage made for some good, heavy, late-night kind of eating.
This beautiful sign was handmade, using fresh flowers, by Silleteros, sponsored by the 82nd Street Partnership.