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Guatemalan dobladas a palate delight

Dobladas and Italian pasta garnished with parsley. Photo by Jaslyn Fellows Guatemalan dinner guests of the Henry Garcia family graced with Guatemala delicacy Guatemalan fare: Dobladas & Italian pasta garnished with parsley, complimented by Tamarind beverage. Foodie Feaster comes to

Dobladas and Italian pasta garnished with parsley. Photo by Jaslyn Fellows

Guatemalan dinner guests of the Henry Garcia family graced with Guatemala delicacy

Guatemalan fare: Dobladas & Italian pasta garnished with parsley, complimented by Tamarind beverage.

Foodie Feaster comes to you with a pleasant and tasty surprise from Guatemala, Central America  Dobladas, a traditional Christmas dish. In La Antigua Guatemala, religious celebrations draw together all kinds of people and the feast day of Virgin of Guadalupe is no exception.

Lily (left) and husband Henry Garcia, flank son Cristoffer. The trio were gracious dinner hosts for the writer and daughter, Jaslyn. Photo by Jaslyn Fellows

The writer and his daughter, Jaslyn, were invited to dinner by Henry Garcia to savor dobladas, a Guatemalan delicacy made from maize dough like tortillas, stuffed with various ingredients before the masa dish is folded over itself and fried.

We sat down to the hospitality, prepared by Henry’s wife, Lily, and shared with the couple and their son, Cristoffer. Lily, a great cook, versed in many types of cuisine added Italian pasta garnished with parsley.

Dobladas are versatile made with many different ingredients  stuffed ground pork, shredded beef, cheese, whole beans, etcetera  folded and fried on a griddle. The ingredients could be anything really.

Our dobladas were stuffed with shredded beef. We enjoyed them with sour cream.  Dobladas are very similar to pupusas, except they are fried on both sides to a delicate crispiness. I must say, Lily Garcia’s dobladas are tasty and savory.

Background: Our Lady of Guadalupe ( Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe), also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe (Virgen de Guadalupe), is a Catholic title of the Virgin Mary associated with a venerated image enshrined within the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

Top choices for Guatemalan restaurants in Los Angeles include Guatemala Restaurant, 743 S. Union Ave., Westlake, (213) 483-4503; Mi Cocinita Chapina, 1325 W. Venice Blvd., Pico-Union, (213) 381-1768; Puchina Guatemalan Bar & Grill, 4523 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 990-1011; Amalia’s Restaurant, 4210 Beverly Blvd., Koreatown, (323) 644-1515; Café Antigua Guatemala, 5421 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 465-0755.

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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