Mexican Food: An Inside Look At History, Ingredients & More

Mexican culture is known for its vibrant colors and so for its food. From bright flowers to blankets to authentic food, everything is so colorful that you’ll get attracted to that.  

This wonderful magic is very well spread in the kitchen: shades of golden tacos, reddish salsa, and greenly guacamole are the perfect examples.  

The love for Mexican food in Hong Kong is no exception. The colorful plates of goodies are a love. Just like any Mexican, Hong Kongers and Hong Kong ex-pats have a similar liking for Mexican food. No wonder we like the stews, spices, and melted cheese as much as we like soy sauce and vegetable tempering.  

History and Nixtamalization  

Before we learn more about the food, let’s first learn how this cuisine comes into existence.  

Having roots in Mesoamerican cuisine, Mexican food has a history from back centuries. By the time the Maya civilization emerged, all crops were grown maize, and thus nixtamalization was discovered. The different cooking methods of Mesoamerican were used and then were transformed to create the Mexican food culture.

By boiling corn with a base, such as lime or sodium hydroxide and soaking it for a long time, the skins around the corn kernels were removed. This makes corn easier to digest. The consequence? Mexicans not only got more nutrients, but their food also tasted better. The most common ingredients used in Mexican food are corns, beans, tomato, avocadoes, chili peppers, and sweet potato. 

Typical ingredients: The flavors For Taste  

Talking about the food and dishes, there’s an array of luscious dishes to try. But what’s the secret? Obviously, the common ingredients used in cooking.  


History and Nixtamalization

Who doesn’t love corn and it is one of the most used ingredients in Mexican food. Covered with mayo and cream, or sprinkled with cheese, chili powder, street corn is loved by all – You can see this in the hands of Mexicans. Other dishes in which corn is used are pozole, tortilla, etc. 

Chili peppers  

After corn, chili peppers are another most used ingredient. Mexicans eat a lot of hot pepper – green or red. Apart from that, dozens of hot and mild chili peppers are used; those could be fresh, dried, or smoked ones. 

So, if you are looking to spread mouth-watering green salsa on your plate of nachos, be sure of the amount of spice you can take, as this could be really sharp and zesty. 

Fresh herbs  

The secondary ingredients include the herbs that add to the lip-smacking flavors and vibrant colors in a dish. This includes coriander, condiments of chili peppers, onions, and lime juice, etc. 

Dips & Sauces  

Chili peppers in hong kong

Similar to the food of Hong Kong, Mexican food also uses some sauces that bring taste to the primary ingredients, but these sauces are different from the other cuisines. Mexican sauces are served as dips; this includes guacamole made of avocados and red salsa served with tacos and tortilla chips. 

We’ll discuss these dips and authentic dishes in our forthcoming article! 

Mexican Beverages  

Mexican Beverages

Have you ever tried a drink made of corn? Corn isn’t only consumed in food but is also used in some authentic Mexican drinks. Yes! Flavored with chocolate or fruit, this drink is served hot, which goes by a variety of names. Other drinks from Mexican culture include iced tea or coffee.  

Moreover, you’ll love the Mexican variation of classic margaritas. Want some alcohol? Then do not forget to try the collection of Wines, Beers, tequila, and Rum. In soft drinks, Sangria is loved in Mexico and so in Hong Kong. 

Have Mexican Fiesta at La Vista  

Now you must be thinking where can you eat the best Mexican food in Hong Kong? La Vista in Sheraton Hotel Tung Chung will fulfill your cravings. Imagine yourself sitting in a sea view space when you are brought a plate decorated with colorful Mexican food. Tempting, isn’t it? La Vista will turn your imagination into the reality. So, are you ready to indulge in authentic Mexican flavors? Just book your table now.