Mangonada is a sweet, salty, sour, spicy, cold delight
I love going to the Maxwell Street Market on Sundays. It is no longer on Maxwell Street, but it is still alive and well. Aside from the bargains that can be had, especially if you are a haggler, it has the best Mexican street food in Chicago. Actually, it has the only street food in Chicago.
At the corner of Polk and Des Plaines, there is a Mexican ice cream vendor, a paleteria. They sell one of the most wonderful treats for a hot, humid day. The mangonada.
This is a sweet, salty, spicy, cold treat. It hits all the right taste and textures.
The mangonada consists of scoops of mango ice cream, fresh mangos chunks, chili lime powder, chamoy sauce, more mango ice cream, more chili lime powder, and chamoy sauce.
The chili lime powder is salty, tart, and spicy. The chamoy sauce is salty, sweet, and sour. Combined with the mango ice cream and fresh mangos, it is a cold delight on the tongue on a hot day. It is almost a meal in a cup.
Aside from the Maxwell Street Market, there are several places in Chicago where you can get this sweet, salty, sour, spicy, cold delight.
On hot sunny cloudless and humid days this summer, treat yourself to a mangonada. You will not be disappointed.
On another note. I found the coldest beer in Chicago. It was in an unusual place. The Coq d’Or bar in the Drake Hotel. The bottled beer was so cold it hurt my teeth. You will pay a premium for your beer here, but it is well worth it. Sip and enjoy.