New Docuseries Uncovers Mexico City’s Rich Jewish Culinary Heritage

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A seven-part miniseries celebrating Mexico City’s Jewish cuisine dropped on the food travel network Tastemade this week.

“Eitan Explores: Mexico City” follows renowned Jewish chef and author Eitan Bernath as he discovers Mexico City’s diverse Jewish community. Guided by locals, Bernath experiences everything Jewish from delis to historic synagogues established by 20th-century immigrant Syrian Jews.

One of the highlights of the series is Bernath’s introduction to Matzoquiles, a modern Jewish-Mexican fusion dish typically served on Passover. Similar to Matzah Brei, the dish features Matzah soaked in eggs, topped with salsa, guacamole, and queso.

Bernath also visits Jewish native Estrella, who takes him to her favorite local market. They pick up fresh produce and cook a hearty Shabbat stew, which they enjoy at her family’s house across the street.

In another episode, Bernath tastes vegetarian Mexican street foods at a tented taco stand owned by Elsa, a non-Jewish woman who has been serving the local Jewish community since the 1960s. Elsa shares with Bernath how Jewish locals requested meat-free options from her mother, the taco stand’s founder, so they could eat there. Over time, the taco stand has become a neighborhood staple, catering to the dietary needs of the Jewish community.

“Eitan Explores: Mexico City” is a must-watch series that offers a captivating glimpse into the thriving yet often overlooked Jewish community in the heart of Mexico’s capital.

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