Although Linda and I are back in Michigan, from time to time I will post a blog entry from Mexico. Today's entry concerns "Charales". No, this is not a typo of my name. It's a small fish (anchovy, whitebait or herring-like fish - http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/boqueron) fried and eaten whole. I believe they come from Lake Patzcuaro in Michoacan. In any case, that's where I first sampled them.
Usually are just eaten salted. However, this batch, bought at the supermarket in San Miguel just before we left town, is dusted with chile powder. Note that they are called "boqueron" on the package, rather than "charales". I don't have a clue as to why. Also note the price - about $9 for 2.2 lbs. This package contained about 0.7 lb. for about $2.25.
I smuggled them across the US border. Had I declared them, I might have been jailed in Guantanamo!
These little suckers are good! You can't eat just one (at least I can't). Most of my family and friends, however, have not found it difficult to refuse even a taste.