"Empanar" comes from Spanish and means to coat in bread. Hence it is intuitive that empanadas, the little dough pockets that are closely related to Indian samosas and Italian calzones, originally come from Galicia, Spain. They progressively migrated to South America and were adopted by Argentina, where they became a central item of local cuisine.
Today I had the chance to experience empanadas and the flavors of Nuchas Food Truck, waiting for you every Wednesday from 11 am to 3 pm in front of the New York Public Library. The little bites (which are actually not so little) make a filling and fulfilling lunch. You can get 2 for $5, which is the minimum amount suggested per person. Just grab a couple friends and make an empanada party out of your lunch break, so that you can actually get a taste of all of them because the crunchy little dough pockets are all delicious in their own way.
First, let me introduce you to the meat and fish options: the yellow turmeric (a plant of the ginger family) dough of the Jambalaya variety will blow your mind with its sweet shrimp filling, mixed with succulent tomatoes and delicious arborio (short grain) rice. The Short Rib empanada is no less convincing, made out of beef braised in red wine sauce and surrounded by a delicate rosemary dough.
For those with a sweet tooth, end your meal on an Apple, Cranberry and Nutella empanada. The crispy almond dough, dusted with shiny sugar crystals, literally jumps at you and begs you to take a bite out of it. You will not be disappointed by this apple strudel like, cinnamon packed pouch that smells almost like a Viennese Christmas market.
We love Nuchas for its freshness and for the variety of flavors that it has to offer. And we also love the cute letter code on the little dough pockets that permits us, during degustation, to identify what’s inside of them. On this note: Buen approvecho!!!
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By Isabelle Steichen