Of all of my planned food adventures in Oaxaca, none was more anticipated than a visit back to the Mercado 20 de Noviembre for some grilled meat. We’ve dubbed this adventure “the smoky hall”, and everyone who’s in the know, knows what we’re talking about.
It’s not hard to find this hall, just follow the smell and the plume of smoke. Inside you’ll discover a world of eating at its simplest and delicious.
We ordered 1.5 kilos of carnita de res (beef), cecina enchilada (pork with red chile) plus chorizo. They take the meat and slap it on the charcoal grill attached to their meat stand.
We walked into the seating area, and although it seems like it’s full, they are always able to find you a seat.
We ordered some onions and chiles de agua which are very spicy. You take these vegetables back to the grill and they put them directly onto the coals.
Meanwhile, back at the table, the condiment person offers us a selection of sides to compliment our meal. We also ordered come soft blanditas.
Mercado 20 de Noviembre – Oaxaca, Mexico