When it comes to comfort food, nothing is more a-peeling than this homemade street food known as Esquites, or Warm Mexican Corn Salad. With only a handful of fresh ingredients and requiring only ten minutes to whip together, OXO’s corn peeler makes this a new staple side dish in my weekly cooking rotation! (This post is sponsored by OXO. All opinions are, as always, 100% my own.)
This is my second time this week sitting down with a bowl of homemade Warm Mexican Corn Salad and typing away at my computer. maybe it’s because the first time around somebody (not me) decided that a hypothetical somebody (not me) should eat all of the corn salad before I had a chance to photograph it. And that somebody is most definitely not me.
I’ve always loved street food to the nth degree, where “n” = 10,000,000 and my appetite is absolutely asymptotic. My first encounter with it occurred years ago in Hong Kong, where I spent a summer studying abroad during college. Stepping into the HK dai pai dong scene (as it’s called there) was like being transported into a whole new world–one filled with bubbling deep fryers, dirt-cheap sticky rice rolls, desserts made from every sweetened bean imaginable, and enough dim sum a la carte to leave you full for days.
From then on, my eyes were opened to a whole new way of eating. Why have one giant boring entree when you could try five travel-sized, delicious, flavor-packed street food dishes crammed into a delightfully flimsy paper tray? Tapas became the guiding principle of my travels to Spain; $1 tacos became the way of Los Angeles food truck life. And that, my friends, is where I first discovered the joy of Esquites, otherwise known as Warm Mexican Corn Salad.