Remember when Tina Tamale spilled the beans on her #secretproject? La Snackeria has been serving Chino Latino lunch, beverages and snacks for the past few weeks. I stopped by for the Grand Opening Celebration last week and even though I missed the ribbon cutting, I still wanted to try some food.
Tina’s a friend, so I’ve had lots of her delicious tamales, but I hadn’t tried much of her Chino Latino fusion. It’s hard to bring two cuisines together cohesively and respectfully, so I was really excited, but also a little nervous about her new venture with her partner Gil.
They have a drink called Boba Fresca (housemade agua fresca with chewy tapioca balls, $4.50) on the menu. I chose the lightly sweetened pureed strawberries, and even though the combination was new for me, it seemed like those ingredients were meant to be together. Yum!
When I asked for a food recommendation, the Char Siu Pulled Pork Quesadilla ($9.50) was the immediate answer. The first bite was so flavorful and harmonious, my eyebrows raised in surprise. Tender pork was enveloped in this dark soy sauce and pickled veggies brightened the flavors and added texture. It was sweet and sour, but definitely more sour, which I loved. And the melted cheese and Mexican crema brought everything together. Wow.
After that first visit, my nervous-excitement is now pure excitement. I can’t wait to go back, try more dishes from the menu and see how it evolves!
815 Washington St, Oakland
Tues – Fri, 11am – 3pm