La Huasteca – Lynwood, CA – Pork Chops with Mole Manchamanteles


I’ve never taken a photo of a mole that captures the deep, velvety richness that is so much part of the overwhelming experience. Manchamanteles means “table cloth stainer'” and after one glance, there’s no doubt whatsoever that it’s true. It’s one of the 7 classic moles from Oaxaca, powerful but nuanced, flavored with ancho chiles, cinnamon and cloves (and many, many other ingredients). Pineapple is the usual garnish, and the maraschino cherry was a nice touch. La Huasteca makes one of the very best manchamanteles I’ve had anywhere.