The Magic of Oaxacan Mole in South Bronx

At La Morada, a family-run Oaxacan restaurant in the South Bronx, food is cooked with equal measures of fresh, traditional ingredients and a philosophy directly tied to the owners’ indigenous genealogy. The No. 1 rule in the kitchen: No one is allowed to cook while angry, because bad energy can taint the food. The No. 2 rule: The immigrant minimum-wage earners who make up the staff should be able to sit down and enjoy the food as much as the restaurant’s patrons. That second rule, explained by Yajaira Saavedra, daughter of the owners, is more provocative than it may appear. Yajaira says while most restaurants are fully dependent on immigrants, many are not accessible to them because of high prices and unfamiliar menus. For that reason, La Morada caps prices on their entrées and doesn’t veer too far from the tasty but traditional moles that were considered peasant food back home. Bronx Tales V: The Magic of Oaxacan Mole – OZY

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