Hey Everyone! One of my current topics to talk about on my YouTube channel is Where to Find Mexican Ingredients in Australia. I as many of you know, I am a native Californian + Hispanic from my mom’s side, and am currently residing here in Australia. One of my greatest challenges in terms of homesickness is finding authentic ingredients/items that remind me a little bit of home. My darling partner has been so supportive in making me feel comfortable as I transition, so he took me to this really cool International Goods market called, PENNISI CUISINE. They have a small selection of Mexican goods, but it’s enough to get by, and a lot of them are goods and ingredients I used back in the States on a consistent basis.
I was originally recording, but didn’t end up using any of the footage for my latest video, so I took screen captures of the videos for this blog post lol! That’s why they aren’t as in focus as I would’ve liked, but I still wanted you guys to get an idea of what to expect if you’re looking for Mexican food or ingredients, since things like dried chilies and even pinto beans are not common ingredients here in Australia. Believe me, I was shocked too!
This, at the time, was the closest cheese I came across that was similar to Queso Fresco, how ever, the texture was a bit too smooth and melty. There are similar fresh cheeses that are pretty much the same thing as Queso Fresco, and heck, I can even teach you guys how to make the stuff in a future video. I think my mission is to bring fresh and amazing Mexican food to the Australian people. I hope my mom is proud of me.
If you want fresh, homemade and EASY TO MAKE corn tortillas, you want to get Masa Lista (pretty much translates to ready flour). There are other brands at times, but this corn flour is cured with lye which not only releases the nutrients from the corn itself, but tenderizes the flour. All you need is hot water and some sea salt for corn tortillas you guys. My family and I make them on a consistent basis now (about weekly) because we love them so much and because there aren’t many good ready to buy brands that I’m used to back home.
Las Palmas is a ready to use brand that a lot of Mexican Americans, including myself, grew up on for homemade enchiladas. Unfortunately I could only find Mild, but I like the Medium one personally since it’s what my family used to buy, and just spicy enough (this stuff is pretty spicy tbh). I was really excited to see this stuff and picked some up so I can make some of my childhood favorites for my family.
On both occasions that I’ve visited, I was happy to see a few flavors of Jarritos, which is one of my favorite drinks back home. Last time they did have Coca-Cola from Mexico in the glass bottles, which if you see it, GET IT! It’s made with cane sugar, so I preferred it over the high fructose corn syrup option the U.S. loves so much.
I did enjoy some of these yummy finds on video, so be sure to check that out, like and subscribe too please! This helps me continue to share my experience as an American in Australia, learn about Australian culture and food, teach Australians about my culinary background and of course, help others in my position feel a little closer to home.