I am so honored to have participated in the New School’s Feet in 2 Worlds workshop in NYC this weekend. Check out the full story on Cowbird.
We had an assignment prompt: Tastes Like Home. This is what I produced.
“My name is Thiru Kumar, people call me the Dosa Man.”
“Jaffna Lunch, it’s number 6 on the menu, it’s like 4 little dosas, comes with the dry coconut everything, this is a special weekly lunch. It’s the only place you can get it here, my grandmother taught me how to make it, you can only buy it from my cart, nobody makes it.”
“I learned most of this stuff from my grandmother, and you have to put love into it when you cook, otherwise it won’t be tasty.”
“This is Masala Dosa, so this is the second time I’m coming over here because it tastes yummy and I’m from India, so this is our food, like this is South Asian food, It reminds me of my home place, my land, right, India.”
“Every day is a best day, when the weather is nice, sun is out, everyone’s here.”
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You’ve seen the headlines this month: “America’s Egg Shortage Threatens Austin’s Breakfast Taco Supply”, “Austin Restaurants Respond To National Egg Crisis”.
But – wait a minute. We need to think through this clearly. Deep breaths.
Not having eggs in your tacos isn’t a tragedy; this is an opportunity to branch out of your comfort zone. That’s what Mando Rayo says – he’s the author of a book called “Austin Breakfast Tacos.” He stopped by the Texas Standard to put us at ease.
On restaurants charging extra for eggs:
“Yes that is true, they are charging just a little bit extra delivery free of the egg from the chicken. As well as limiting their hours of operation for breakfast, which is a tragedy in Austin because in Austin if you wake up at 7 in the morning, at 2 in the afternoon, or 5 o’clock you need your breakfast taco.”
On alternatives for eggs in breakfast tacos:
“The breakfast taco you know Mexicans been eating tacos before Texas was Texas. Breakfast tacos not always comes with egg. Anything outside eggs like barbacoa, picadillo like ground beef with potatoes and some pico de gallo with some spices; lots of pepper. Also carne guisada, which is stewed meat and gravy. You can do cactus but that usually goes really well with eggs. Avocado and bean taco with just a little bit of cheese is delicious!”
On whether a breakfast taco is truly a breakfast taco without eggs:
“I laugh in your face! Abuelita’s have been making breakfast tacos without eggs. As soon as that part of frijoles was done, refried with a little bit of butter, that’s a breakfast taco!”
In your opinion, do breakfast tacos need eggs? Tweet @TexasStandard using #NotAllTacos and tell us what you think!