Friday, April 09, 2010

Torta (Mexican Sandwich)

telera bun + pinto beans + roast pork shoulder + tomatoes + queso fresco + pickled jalapeño + avocado + fried egg + lettuce

I love me a good sandwich and the Mexican torta certainly qualifies as a darn good sandwich.

I had been craving a torta lately and the easiest way to get a torta was to go to our torta place in town. However, it seemed that, for some reason or other, this torta place has fallen out of TS's favour.

Well then, it seems that I have no choice but to make our own!

Bollilo/Telera Buns

We headed to a Latin bakery to get some bollilo/telera buns.

Panaderia Latino Bakery

It was a large bun, so we cut it in half to make each sandwich.

Pinto Beans

Of course, we needed some beans. I cooked some pinto beans to the point of mashing consistency.

Queso Freso, Avocado, Pickled Jalapeño, Fried Egg

While at Panaderia, we spied a chunk of queso fresco, which we thought would go perfectly for the torta we had planned.

All other supporting players were at home waiting for their moment to shine: avocado, pickled jalapeños and eggs.

Roast Pork Shoulder

One mustn't forget the meat! We had our less-than-ideal (by virtue of being cooked in too hot an oven) Cuban pork shoulder, so this was a great way to use that up.

Okay, the meat portion of this torta is not strictly Mexican, but that was all we had.

We had actually planned to make Cubano sandwiches, but we never got around to buying ham and Swiss cheese and all that.

Now, it's just a matter of assembly.

telera bun + pinto beans + roast pork shoulder

+ tomatoes + queso fresco

+ pickled jalapeño + avocado

+ fried egg

+ lettuce, and the bun top.

Try to get your mouth around that!

I say, what a sandwich!

I happily devoured my torta for lunch and had a smile pasted on my face for the rest of the day.

eatingclub vancouver Mexican
Tacos... then
Tacos... now
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Semi-Lime-cooked, Semi-Yucatecan Shrimp with Garlic Chips
Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese with Pipían Verde
Quickie Turkey Tortilla Soup
Tacos of Carnitas with Pineapple, with Roasted Salsa and Sweet Potato
Shrimp a la Mexicana (Camarones a la Plancha)
Enchiladas Verdes
Cilantro Horchata
Strawberry Cilantro Salsa, on Grilled Flank Steak
Mexican Ancho Guajillo Chicken
Chipotle Ground Turkey on Flour Tortilla
Tacos... again (July 2009)
Tacos al Pastor with Chipotle Peanut Salsa
Tacos with Beer-braised Carnitas Filling
Shredded Beef and Tripe Tacos
Duck Enchiladas with Chipotle Peanut Salsa
Blueberry Tres Leches Cake
Crab Tostada
Homemade Mexican Chorizo Sausage
Torta (Mexican Sandwich)

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Golden Egg Torta
Hunanese Stir-fried Eggs with Green Peppers
Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish "Omelette")
Piedmont Marinated Eggs
Asparagus and Crab Egg Crêpes
Stir-fried Egg and Tomato
Oyster Torta
Torta with Pork and Kecap Manis
Curried (Easter) Egg Salad
Taiwanese Stewed Eggs (滷蛋) with Stewed Minced Pork (魯肉 or 肉燥)
Longsilog (Longganisa + Sinangag + Itlog)
Torta (Mexican Sandwich)
Mr. Zheng's Soupy Tomatoes and Eggs with Tofu
Nasi Lemak (Malaysian Coconut Rice Meal with Sambal)
Home-style Chinese Steamed Egg with Pork
Golden Shrimp Torta (Philippine Shrimp Omelette)


  1. I'd have to say while I'm not a huge sandwich fan, the fact that there's a fried egg in this one sold me! I'll have to give it a try :)

  2. Tortas are definitely an example of a GOOD sandwich. Stick-to-your-ribs good.

  3. I had always heard tales of the famous Cuban sandwiches and I think I just saw an example of a darn good one!

  4. holy mackerel! That is a serious torta!!!

  5. mmmmmm torta. our local deli has this secret torta menu that is awesome. has like 10 kinds with all different combos - spicy pork and ham, chorizo and ham, fried chicken and bologna and chorizo... damn. i'm getting hungry thinking about it. one of my absolute favorites.

  6. Victoria:
    Haha, us too. I'm always disappointed when lunch menus don't have "real food", just sandwiches. ;) In our case, sandwiches are snacks, not meals. Fried egg oozing is the way to go!

    we are never full:
    I like how the menu is kept secret, LOL. If we ever visit NY again, will you let us in on which deli this is? =)

  7. Wow, that looks so amazing! I, too, am always looking for a new 'take' on sandwiches, to break up the monotony. Summers always harken to making Banh Mi, but this Winter I tried my hand at Torta Ahogado ("Drowned Sandwich") and was HOOKED! I use meaty Chiabatta for the rolls, and have to break down and eat it with a knife and fork, but.... Otherwise, I can definitely see the love for them. Imagine a RICH and spicy Mexican take on a calzone... as a sandwich, sans the Ricotta.

  8. Newbiehere:
    We've never tried making bann mi at home yet, because we didn't know where to buy the right bread! Well, I think we know a place now, but they themselves make banh mi, so it's so much easier to buy from them! LOL.

    That Torta Ahogado sounds gooooood. Drool.


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