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Tasting the unique Mechado

Cooked by my friend Dulce Gonzalez, an entire pot of gorgeous Mechado awaited consumption as requested by her grandson, the birthday boy, and I was honored to be invited to this special occasion. This rich, complex soup made with chicken, green olives, onions and Dutch cheese is served with hot corn tortillas and/or white rice. It is quite a complicated dish, requiring some patience, so I happily ingested my first bowl of goodness with a major foodie appreciation.

A cross between escabeche (just because of the onions and ‘white’ soup) and chicken soup, topped with the unique Dutch cheese (hardback or red back cheese) and olives, this dish has me stumped. Complex flavors combine for a truly rich finish. It is genuinely nothing like I’ve ever had.

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