Published On: Fri, Jun 6th, 2014

“La Feria del Mole”, a Gastronomic Voyage across Mexico

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La Feria del Mole is a one of a kind Gastronomic Event that is taking place from June 5th through the 15th, in the city of Mérida, specifically at “La Parrilla” Restaurant located on the corner of Prolongación Paseo de Montejo and Calle 30 # 87, Colonia México; in Mérida, Yucatán.

La Parrilla has been one of the most succesful restaurants in Merida for more than 25 years, and they have been organizing this annual fair for 17 years in a row.

The word “Mole”, comes from the Nahuatl (language of the Aztecs), and means sauce. Moles come in various flavors and ingredients, with chili peppers as the common factor.  However, the classic mole version is the variety called “mole poblano” (from the Mexican state of Puebla), which is a dark red or brown thick sauce usually served over rice, meat or

Feria del Mole

Feria del Mole

A common legend of the creation of Mole takes place at the Convent of Santa Rosa in Puebla during the XVII Century. Upon hearing that the archbishop was going to visit, the convent nuns did not have almost nothing to prepare, so they prayed and brought together the little bits of what they did have, including chili peppers, herbs, spices, day-old bread, nuts, and a little
bit of chocolate. They killed an old turkey, cooked it and poured the sauce on top; the archbishop loved it, when the cook was asked the name of the  dish, she replied, “It’s just Mole”. Mole was the ancient word for mix, now this word mostly refers to the dish.

Feria del Mole

Feria del Mole

In this 17th annual “Mole Fair” in La Parrilla Restaurant, we can find a number of different “moles”, some quite dissimilar, including black, red, yellow, colorado (another name for red), green, white, tamarindo, pink and pipián.

  • Pipian is a type of mole which mostly consists of ground squash seeds. It does not contain chocolate, but generally contains tomatillos, hoja santa, chili peppers, garlic and onion.
  • Green Mole: green chile, ground peanuts, tomatillos, cilantro and other herbs.
  • Pink Mole: mild flavored pink colored sauce made of beet root, rose petals, ground nuts, red chile, aromatic herbs and spices.
  • White Mole: ground almonds, peanuts, pinions and other seeds and spices.
  • Oaxaca Black Mole is made of a variety of roasted peppers, pork lard, spices, peanuts and chocolate.
  • Mole Colorado (Red Mole) is made of a blend of tomatoes, chile ancho, onions, cilantro, peanuts, basil and other spices.
  • Mole de Tamarindo (Tamarind Mole) is an uncommon kind of mole, that is significantly more sweet than the rest, but it is still spicey and hot flavored, its main ingredient is obviously tamarindo.
  • Mole de Olla:  another version of Mole which is basically like a soup.
  • Mole de Mariscos: Mole de Olla with Seafood.
  • And the “Mole de la Casa” (Mole of the house), made of a secret recipe property of La Parrilla Restaurant.
Feria del Mole

Feria del Mole

To enjoy this fantastic voyage across the World of Mexican Cuisine, just come by La Parrilla, the cost of the Mole Buffet is $169 pesos per person (drinks not included).

Bon appetit!!!

By Alex Azcárate

Mexico Travel Care




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