I've been eating plenty of Mexican stuff. Plenty. But this creation at Gino's, an Italian restaurant in the historic centre of Mexico City, really blew my mind. Forget the name - which is a bit ridiculous - and try to put these ingredients together in your mind:
- corn smut (or huitlacoche), which is a fungus that grows on maize and which is described as having a taste between sweet, savory, woody, and earthy
- caramelized strawberries
It was so bizarre I had to give it a go. And it was delicious! How on earth did they come up with this combination!? I will admit it's probably not for everybody but, personally, the chef deserves an A for courage and another one for actually managing something tasty.