Did you know, botanas are apparently a Detroit phenomenon?
Two national food writers who specialize in Mexican and Mexican-American cuisine confirm the chorizo-bombbotana is likely a Detroit phenomenon. Neither had heard of the dish.
It’s been more than 20 years since I moved from a suburb on the east side of Detroit to San Francisco, and there are a few things I miss about my childhood home. When I say “a few” I mean three: my family, warm summer nights and almond boneless chicken.
If you don’t live in Michigan, you’ve probably never heard of the dish we call ABC — at least not the version served in nearly every Chinese restaurant from Detroit to Petoskey. The dish consists of a battered and deep fried chicken breast cut into thick slices, laid on a bed of iceberg lettuce and topped with mild brown gravy, toasted almonds and a sprinkling of green onions.
A Chung’s specialty, along with their fabulous eggrolls! Served, similarly, was the lemon chicken which was Mom’s favorite.
ABC is so ubiquitous around here, that even the Greek coney’s sell it!