Food

Narisa Eats: La Monita Mexican Urban Cantina

I love food, just like the next person. When I was invited to try Mexican food, naturally, I couldn’t resist!

First off, hello there! It’s been a looooong time since I’ve written anything since my IHOP post. I’ve been thinking of blog topics to write, but eh, every time I think of something, my mind autocorrects to, “That’s lame.” Do you get these thoughts? I get them all the time! And gah! Writer’s block doesn’t help at all! 🙁

Well, I’m back now (sorta) and today, I’ve decide to write about a my new discovery; Mexican food. Hell yeah. For the longest time, I’ve always thought Mexican food was spicy, y’know, seeing the amount of redness in its dishes is kind of a turn off for someone who can’t eat spice. I know, I know, you might think, “Eh? She can’t eat spice? But she’s Thai!” Yeah, well, that doesn’t have anything to do with the ability to eat spice, you know. I’ve always had problems when I try to eat it. My stomach gives me the biggest middle finger and yeah. Let’s just leave it at that, okay?

So, anywho, I finally got the guts to say, “You know what? Let’s try Mexican food!” This encouragement came directly from a friend who nudges me to try new food which it may (or may not) help me with my writing. Wink, wink. We decided to choose La Monita Mexican Urban Cantina at EmQuartier.

La Monita Mexican Urban Cantina

Honestly, I had no expectation as to what kinds of menu the restaurant will offer. Sure, I knew about tacos, salsas, guacamole, but other than that? Nada. I sound very close minded, right? But there’s a reason for that! I’ve never, ever had Mexican food, ever no matter which country I lived in! And my rule of thumb is: I won’t try new food until someone introduces me to it. Makes sense to me. The last thing I want to do is to order a dish and I get grossed out by it.

These were the things we ordered:

  1. Beef taco
  2. Al Pastor
  3. Pork chop fajita
  4. Baked Tortilla Chips & Longaniza Queso (cheese dipping sauce)
  5. Churros

Taste Test

The taste test is one of the more important things I do when I decide to try new food and write about it. I set my expectations low in the case of me freaking out along the way. Once we ordered our meals, our food came to us relatively quickly; props to the waitresses for being attentive! When the food came, my eyes widened in pure delight! This is a good sign!

Beef Taco

Beef Taco
Beef Taco

First up, beef taco. The beef taco was served on a wooden platter. And I discovered not all tortilla shells are hard as advertised by Taco Bell. In fact, the tortilla bread was extremely soft to the touch. Furthermore, my friend informed me not all tortilla flour are made the same way. Well, it makes sense right? You make what you can according to the supplies in your surrounding environment.

My messy attempt at wrapping my taco.
My messy attempt at wrapping my taco.

The first bite into the beef taco ignited my palate. Holy shit. I have never tasted beef so smoky, soft, and succulent all in one bite. The beef was extremely juicy, oozing with feel-good flavors.

Though, I gotta admit, I’m not a seasoned taco/wrap/donair/shawarma eater; everything slipped out the back! Did I make a mess? Hell yeah.

Al Pastor

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Al Pastor originally developed in Central Mexico by the influence of Lebanese immigrants. Pretty cool, right? Lebanese immigrants arrived in Mexico in the 19th and early 20th century. Soon after, the best of both worlds came together; tacos and grilled shawarma meat (substituting lamb with pork) resulting in one super glorious, super tasty meal! Oh my goodness, just thinking about it is making me hungry again. And it’s close to 11:30 PM now. Drats!

How did it taste? Amazing. I cannot even tell you how good this tasted! The pork was extremely soft and flavored, which allowed it to blend well with chopped onions, tomatoes, and pineapple. The added pineapple to Al Pastor made this meal that much more appetizing. It’s difficult for me to describe into words, but everything blended together extremely well, thanks to the pineapple!

Tortilla & Pork Chop Fajita

Pork Chop Fajita
Pork Chop Fajita

Next, a sizzling hotplate of Pork Chop Fajita with a side of tortilla flour. I’m actually not sure why I ordered this, but I’m very happy I did. Similar to the beef, the pork was extremely smoky, juicy, and flavorful. Beneath the pork chop were chunks of red and yellow bell peppers, chopped onions, and slices of bacon.

Sauces

Sauces
Sauces

Accompanying the pork chop fajita were these three sauces; Ricoto salsa, Tomatillo (salsa verde), and Chipotle salsa. They were spicy as hell. Needless to say, I did not add these sauces on my tortilla. Yeah sure, if you have zero tolerance for spice, just shove it in your face. You know you’ll love it.

Baked Tortilla Chips & Longaniza Queso

Baked Tortilla Chips & Cheese Dipping Sauce
Baked Tortilla Chips & Cheese Dipping Sauce

Oh why, hello beautiful. Now that I think about it, I’ve eaten baked tortilla chips with sour cream before in Canada. But I never had a rich, cheesy dipping sauce to nom on! The Longaniza Queso (cheese dipping sauce) was extremely thick, hot, but not gooey. Scooping a chunk of the dipping sauce onto the chip and into my mouth was a delight; it was sooooo good! Although the sauce was quite hot, the added ingredients, the cheese, and the crispy tortilla chip made this meal worthwhile.

And of course, I totally forgot tortilla chips can be a bit sharp if you don’t ground them well with your teeth. I found out when a small chunk was lodged in my gum. Yay.

Churros

Churros
Churros

And the dessert for the night was Churros. Honestly, this is the first time I’ve seen a Churro up close. I wasn’t even sure if Thailand sold Churros, but here they are! When I think of a Churro, my mind thinks of Star Wars Churros, ones decorated with food coloring and edible glitter. Edible glitter, yo! Also, aren’t Churros supposed to be thick? Or am I just crazy?

The ones served at La Monita weren’t; they’re long, thin, and coated with sugar. But hey, I’m not picky; I just wanted to try it! The dish came with two sauces; chocolate and caramel.

Churro & Chocolate Sauce
Churro & Chocolate Sauce

(Eh, excuse the out of focus shot since I was taking the photo with just one hand.)

SO. DAMN. GOOD! You see, I’ve always been curious why white people (aka Americans) go loco for Churros. And now I know why. Never in a million years would I have ever thought chocolate sauce and Churro are a match made in heaven! Okay, I might be bias since I love chocolate. Whatever. I did try the Churro on its own and it still tastes awesome! It reminds of me of Thailand’s Pa Tong Go minus the sugar coating. Yeah, I know, it sounds like a stretch, but that’s the only analogy I can think of right now!

Wrapping Up

Overall, I’m super stoked I made the effort to Mexican food at La Monita. I’m giving myself several pats on the back. Mexican food isn’t bad once I tried it. It immediately dispelled the assumption all Latin American food are spicy and there’s hope for a picky eater like myself. I now realize there are tons of undiscovered Mexican food available in Bangkok and by using this experience, I can’t wait to try to other dishes! I want to expand my food horizon and knowledge and I’m pretty sure this is a great way to start exploring the food scene once and for all. 😉

I’m a writer, food lover, travel seeker, novice photographer, and videogamer.

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