Marquesitas are a beloved Mexican street food, particularly in the Yucatan Peninsula, where they originated. These sweet and savory treats are made from a thin, crispy crepe-like batter that is filled with a variety of delicious toppings. In Playa del Carmen, marquesitas are a popular snack that can be found at food stands throughout the city.
History of Marquesitas
Marquesitas have a rich history that dates back to the early 1900s in the state of Yucatan. The name “marquesita” comes from the Spanish word “marquesa,” which means “marquise.” Some stories suggest that the snack was created by a French chef who worked for a noble family in Merida, the capital city of Yucatan. Others believe that it was created by a street vendor in the city who was inspired by a popular French dessert. Regardless of its origins, marquesitas quickly became a favorite among locals and are now a beloved Mexican street food.
A marquesita is made by pouring a thin batter of flour, sugar, and egg onto a hot griddle and cooking it until it’s crispy. Then, it’s filled with a variety of toppings, including Nutella, cheese, cajeta (a caramel- like sauce made from goat’s milk), and even ham. The most popular filling is queso de bola, a ball-
shaped Edam cheese that is grated and added to the marquesita while it’s still warm. The result is a deliciously savory and sweet snack that can be enjoyed any time of day.
If you’re looking to try marquesitas in Playa del Carmen, there are several food stands and vendors throughout the city that serve them. One of the most popular spots is Marquesitas Doña Ceci, located in 30th Avenue between 20th and 22nd Streets. Here, you can find a variety of fillings, including Nutella, cajeta, and cheese. Other popular spots include Marquesitas El Moro, located on 5th Avenue, and Marquesitas Carlos, located on 30th Avenue.
Marquesitas are a must-try snack for anyone visiting Playa del Carmen. Whether you prefer sweet or savory flavors, there’s a marquesita filling that will satisfy your taste buds. Be sure to explore the various food stands and vendors throughout the city to find your favorite, and enjoy the unique and delicious world of marquesitas in Playa del Carmen.
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