Oaxaca mural

Oaxaca mural

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


To me the word "pambazo" sounds like it should be something from a Mexican comic book... the sound made when the hero knocks out the villain with a punch to the jaw.  In fact it is a type of Mexican sandwich, and I had one for lunch today.

The sandwich is made with a tough, dry bread.  In fact, the word "pambazo" comes from "pan basso" which in the Sephardic language means "low-class bread".  A tough, dry bread is necessary for this sandwich to keep its shape since the bread is soaked in a sauce of "guajillo" peppers and then lightly fried.  The soaking gives the bread its distinctive orange color.  The filling is typically potatoes and chorizo sausage.

It may be made with "low-class bread", but a "pambazo" is a very tasty lunch!