At new year, I made a pact with myself to be more open to new experiences and to exert courageous step to try a new different kinds of food from all over. In brief, to stop being a picky-eater and embrace my “wild” adventurous side.
That is why I ordered Chicken Fajitas during some arisan (arisan is a form of social gathering) with my friends at one of the most renowned eatery/restaurant in the northern part of Bandung. Up to that point, I didn’t know a dish like that even exist (I’m not particularly proud of my ignorance, so forgive me!), let alone what it looks like, or how to pronounce it correctly (Is it fa-hi-ta or fa-ci-ta or fi-ya-ta or fa-yi-ta or fa-ji-ta?). Surely, it’s a Mexican food? I’ve heard about burrito, taco, or enchilada, but Fajita? I really have no idea! So i guess, ordering a dish i’ve never heard before could be included as “courageous”, “wild”, and “adventurous”. LOL Hey, maybe it’s a baby step, but it’s a step anyway! Have a mercy!
Anyway… I ordered this Mexican food called chicken Fi-Ha-Tas (apparently, it is Fa-HEE-tas, as I was being corrected by the waiter), and about 15 minutes later, these are what have been served in front of me:
Grilled chicken breast strips marinated with Mexican spices and lime juice, sauteed with bell-pepper, onion, and topped with fresh lettuce and rocket leaves. All of it served on a sizzling hot plate, along with a plate of (small) tortilla wraps (about 15cm in diameter), and small condiment servers consisting of guacamole, salsa, and sour cream.
Ah… so it looks like a burrito, is my first thought! Phew! XD
So… I sprinkled the lime juice over the grilled chicken fajitas, laid a sheet of tortilla flat on my plate, put down the strips of chicken and bell-pepper and the greens on top of it, topped with guacamole, salsa, and/or sour cream, then I folded the tortilla!
Alas, I was so hungry, so I packed really big spoonful of chicken dish into that small tortilla. And when I took the first mouthful bite, as you could predict, this led to disaster! What a messy business! Eating fajita does require time and effort (and lots of practice).
Apart from the messiness and time-and-effort-consuming thing, the fajita actually tasted sooo good! Crunchy texture and sweet flavor of grilled bell peppers with rich, intense peppery flavor of rocket leaves and also fresh lettuce, really went along with the juicy chicken breast strips and tangy, savory onion flavor from guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. HAIL TO THE CHEF. Okay, although it’s not the original recipe, my first fajita-experience was really finger-licking amazing! Looking forward to taste the real Mexican fajita in the near future.
Do you have any suggestion(s) about (preferably Mexican) restaurants which serves authentic fajita here in Indonesia?
NOTE: If you want to avoid the same disaster I’ve made, here’s some advice: How To Fold A Fajita Without Looking Like Some Sort Of Dumbass, so you won’t embarrassing yourself just like I did! XD And of course you can find out about the differences between Burrito, enchilada, and fajita, here.