Empanada Mama

After dinner at Gazala Place, I wanted to eat a little bit more, so Beipas’ friend said I should try Empanada Mama. I thought it was a great idea, because empanadas are not too big, and I should be able to eat a couple without getting too full. Empanada Mama was just a short walk away, but it was still quite busy. They sell many different flavours, and with many different doughs.

I placed my order to go – a ground beef and a shredded chicken – both in a corn flour dough ($2.65 each). It took them almost half an hour to get me my order, and I almost thought they forgot about me.

The empanadas looked identical. I ate the chicken one first, and wasn’t that impressed. It was stuffed with shredded chicken, and a bit of peas and carrots. I found it to be a little bland. The corn flour was very crisp, but still had a thin doughy consistency. I think the saving grace was the chimichurri sauce. This was nice and gave it a lot more flavour.

I went back to my hotel before I ate the beef empanada, and I did enjoy this quite a bit more. It was something I’m more used to as Filipinos usually put beef in their empanadas. The chill sauce went really well with it too. The beef was more traditional in Colombia too. The corn flour was the same here, but did get a bit harder after it cooled down, but still good. I do recommend the beef over the chicken. I think next time I’ll have to try the wheat flour.

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Empanada Mama
763 9th Ave
New York, NY

(212) 698-9008


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