Doña Vale or Valentina Hernandez, one of the protagonists in Street Food Latin America, series documentary Netflix on street food, is the owner of The Memelas Doña Vale, a business located in the Mercado Central de Abasto in the city of Oaxaca, capital of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.
Doña Vale cooks up her signature Memelas at a small food stall located inside Mercado Central de Abastos, the largest market in the city. Please note that if you don’t speak much Spanish it’s recommended that you visit with a Spanish-speaking friend or join one of the many Oaxaca tours on offer so you can get an opportunity to learn more about the Memelas that have been seen around the world via the Netflix episode titled: Street Food: Latin America.
Exact location of the Market, where the Memelas of Doña Vale are in Oaxaca.
The memela is a slightly thicker tortilla than normal. It usually has a seat, that is, a layer of butter, which can sometimes be seasoned with chili peppers, garlic and / or onion. After the seat they are put white cheese and at the end sauce.
Doña Vale’s secret in Oaxaca
Specialists in the culinary art focus the particularity of Doña Vale’s memelas on salsa . It is a morita chile sauce.
Without revealing her secret , Doña Vale told Street Food how she discovered her recipe for the sauce: Since she had no money at the start of her business, she began by picking up the dried chilies that were left lying around in the stall opposite.
“To be successful, I had to do something unique. In my mind, the previous memelas didn’t turn out good. She needed something else, something else special. She had ideas because there a man sold the dried chilies in front of her and when she picked up the chilies the chilies would remain. I said ‘well I need them, he doesn’t need them anymore. I pick them up, wash them well and use them ‘”Doña Vale | Street Food Latin America T1: E3 Oaxaca, Mexico
To prepare the sauce, in her own words, Doña Vale uses “a lot of garlic and some tomatoes ”.
Notes on the series
- The creators of the Street Food series are the same creators of Chef’s Table, one of the most successful series about culinary art in the world
- Street Food Latin America travels six countries to explore the suggestive street culinary culture
- The countries included in the documentary series are Oaxaca (Mexico), Salvador (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Lima (Peru), Bogotá (Colombia) and La Paz (Bolivia)
- Each of the six chapters focuses on the stories of culture and tenacity that give life to the cuisine of each country.
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