Unless you are in North America, Burritos used to be exotic food not too long ago. However, different fillings wrapped in a flour tortilla isn’t such an uncommon sighting anymore. Singapore’s latest burrito opening is happening this Saturday (31.10.) at Star Vista. The Mexican chain from Australia, Guzman y Gomez, is opening its third outlet in Singapore (what a curious combination), celebrating it with a Free Burrito Day. Choose from a selection of different fillings and get your free burrito between midday and 5pm.
While most people would imagine their burritos to be filled with meat, salad, greens, guacamole, salsa and sour cream, you wouldn’t find it that way in Mexico. Like with so many other traditional dishes, they eventually get fused with another taste. While Mexicans would mostly fill their burritos only with meat and refried beans, the version we are used to is a combination of the Mexican style and the Tex-Mex cuisine – which is already a fusion between Texan and Mexican food.
Although Singapore offers variety of Mexican-inspired food, traditionally the Mexican fare is supposed to be shared. Check this alternative, if you are keen to explore it at home with family and friends.
Burro – Little Donkey
The name of this increasingly popular food is derived from the Spanish word for donkey – burro. A burrito literally translated to English as ‘little donkey’. There is no proper recorded reason for why the food is called little donkey, however, people believe it is because a burrito looks like the bedrolls and the packs a donkey used to carry.
There are more stories surrounding the creation of the burrito, most of which are likely to be false. However, that doesn’t stop me from telling them. A man that went by the name of Juan Mendez from Chihuahua in Mexico used to carry food supplies on his donkey around the villages. In order to keep the food preserved and/or warm, he apparently used to wrap the food items in homemade floor tortillas. Supposedly someone got really hungry and just ate the package the way it was – perhaps – perhaps not.
Asian Fusion Burrito
Juan Mendez might have been the first, but the burrito has since travelled around the world, creating new versions at every shore. Perhaps one of the more curious variations is a spicy pork kimchi burrito. You might think that a kimchi burrito must be coming from Korea, but it isn’t. It actually comes from California – like so many other crazy food combos.
Many travellers expect to find burritos and the like everywhere is Mexico. However, not many know that the burrito was actually common (with two ingredients only) in some Northern areas of Mexico. But because tourists have continuously asked for their wraps in other parts of Mexico, burritos have been become increasingly available there too. However, a local would probably never eat it. As usual – if someone pays for it, then it will also be available. The burrito is on the rise – even in Mexico.
(Picture copyright – Guzman y Gomez)