A traditional fiesta breakfast dish here in Oaxaca, Mexico is called Higadito — scrambled egg soup. It is always served at banquet breakfasts for weddings, baptisms, birthday parties and any other big family celebration. On Sundays, when I go to the Tlacolula Market and have lunch at Comedor Mary, it is a staple on the menu. (If you are here for the Oaxaca Film Festival, today is market day.)
Sound familiar? A variation of egg drop soup, perhaps.
Last week I was having breakfast with my friend Janet at Boulanc, the European-style bakery on Calle Porfirio Diaz (between Morelos and Matamoros), when a woman from the campo walked in carrying a big bag of wild mushrooms, offering them for sale.
The wild mushrooms here are called hongos and are different from cultivated mushrooms, called champiñones. The bag she was carrying was huge and she was selling a pint size container for 20 pesos, three for 50 pesos. At the current exchange rate 50 pesos equals about $3 USD. (It’s a very good time to visit Mexico!) So, I loaded up with the idea I’d figure out what to do with them. And, I did.
Vegetarian Wild Mushroom-Garbanzo Scrambled Egg Soup
- Soak 1-2 pints of whole, small wild mushrooms in warm water for 10 minutes. Rinse.
- Put into 4 qt. saucepan, cover with 6 cups water, bring to simmer.
- Cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes until mushrooms are soft.
- In a separate bowl, add 1/2 c. roasted, ground garbanzo bean flour to 1-2 c. water. Stir until dissolved. Add to mushroom water.
- Bring back to simmer.
- In a frying pan, sautée 1 medium size onion, chopped, 4 cloves of garlic, chopped in 3 T. olive oil until glazed
- Scramble 4-6 eggs in onion-garlic mix, adding oil as needed.
- Add mixture to soup.
- The garbanzo bean paste will thicken as it cooks. Add water for the consistency you prefer.
- Season to taste with sea salt and Chile Pasilla paste.
- Serve hot with tortillas or crusty whole grain bread.
Optional: I had a lot of matzo leftover from Passover, so I crumbled one whole cracker into the soup to thicken it. Mexican-Jewish Food Fusion. You could use crispy tortillas, too. Do you know about restaurant Toloache?
Enjoy! Buen provecho!