Markets lend themselves well to grazing. A proper meal can easily be forgone in favor of sample after sample from each different stall. However, at the Wednesday Entertainment Quarter Village Markets, a heaping plateful from Mojo Picon is an almost inevitable purchase.
There is an eat-me aroma that lingers around the stall, successfully distracting market goers from their pursuit of fresh fruit n veg in favor of a lunch break. Many order a roll stuffed with prawns, chorizo or jamon serrano, but if your not big on bread like me you can choose a bed of salad instead, for an extra $. You definitely won’t miss the carbs, as portions are extremely generous, also justifying the seemingly pricey cost for market food served on a plastic plate. I ordered the Combo Tapas, with the notion of tapas as ‘little tastes of everything’ in mind. Not so – these are big tastes, both quantity and flavor wise. There are about 10 prawns to a serve, perfectly cooked and coated in a highly morish garlicky marinade. Beside these are thick slices of chorizo, not greasy, just meaty, with that mouthwatering, lingering smokyness. There is also alot of it – I took home 2/3 and used it for lunch the next day in a salad with some leftover salmon and veggies, and the day after that in an omelette. Add mushrooms for a nice, bouncy counterpart to the intense flavors of the prawns and chorizo. And very importantly, don’t forget to squeeze some of the Mojo Picon sauces onto your plate to have with your food. Made with all natural ingredients, there is a rich, slightly spicy aioli which I loved paired with the chorizo, a tangy salsa verde that goes well with the prawns, and a sweet barbecue sauce that’s good with everything. In fact they’re all good with everything, and available for purchase at the stall if your in love at first bite.