Burger of the Month at Kuma’s Corner for July, 2014
- Pineapple-jalapeño salsa
- Habanero mayonnaise
- Pork tenderloin
- Cactus tortilla chips
- Queso Cotija de Montaña
- 10 oz. Beef patty
- Pretzel bun
In what has been an almost uninterrupted chain of Burgers of the Month influenced by Mexican cuisine, Kuma’s Corner‘s Trap Them was July’s metal-inspired delight, this time dedicated to the grindcore/hardcore punk band of the same name, much to Admiral Ackbar’s disgruntlement. The variety of Mexican cuisine is truly impressive, that much is true, and the executive chefs from both Kuma’s restaurants continue to showcase their skills and creativity by experimenting with the cuisine of our southern neighbors and always bringing something new to the table. The Trap Them burger surprised me at first with what I thought would be a somewhat dubious combination of ingredients of its salsa. The pineapple-jalapeño salsa also featured diced white onions and red peppers for a very fresh and refreshing offering of fruits and vegetables in every bite. It had just a tad of onion for that crunch, and it did not overwhelm the senses, acting as more of a water chestnut. The sweet tartness of the pineapple, the sweet pepper and the zest of the jalapeño were brought together by a generous drizzle of habanero mayonnaise, which cranked up the heat just a notch and also allowed the tropical fruit notes of the ripe habanero to shine and add a bit to the rest of the salsa ingredients. Habanero peppers are easily my favorite, and it’s always nice to experience their distinct flavor outside of diabolically pungent sauces drenched in vinegar and other distracting ingredients. The mayo really did the trick, giving the habs the taste of red bell peppers mixed with mango. All of this, of course, sat on top of a very juicy and tender pork tenderloin, and the sweetness of the salsa and mayo acted as a marinate, enriching the already sweet and savory pork for an outstanding flavor. A very beautiful thing indeed. All the flavors were distinctly separate AND uniform. Same goes for the cactus tortilla chips, although I wasn’t really able to see how they were different from normal tortilla chips, though they were thicker and crunchier than usual and were not even a bit soggy from all the juices of the pork, the salsa, the mayo or the 10oz. burger patty underneath, acting like the pretzel bun of tortillas. I am not 100% sure I was able to really distinguish the queso Cotija de Montaña, which was added in its fine, crumbly form just above the burger patty, but I honestly think that any other kind of cheese would have been a bit much, considering. Maybe brie…
The Trap Them burger was a pleasant experience, and I think I prefer it to Kuma’s Too’s Hark burger, which also had pork tenderloin on it, simply because all of the flavors worked so surprisingly well together. I’ll be looking into adding more fruit to whatever pork dish I muster enough courage to cook in the future.
Solemn Oath Brewery None More Black American Black Farmhouse Ale [7.50 ABV] was the only beer I had that day, and I decided to give it a shot on a whim, but also because the guys from Solemn Oath are jawesome. None More Black was, well…. black, but its opaqueness and sheen distinguished it from the motor oil, tar-like syrupy blackness of, say, stouts.. and motor oil. Had a soapy, think lacing with almost no head whatsoever, with a bit of roasted coffee and pine intertwined in the nose at first sniff, but the taste was pleasantly light, escalating to a balanced medium in all regards. It had, I think, a hint of corn mixed with some vaguely noticeable citrus fruit in the aftertaste, and was overall very pleasant to drink all throughout the Trap Them burger. Upon checking on Solemn Oath’s website, pork belly is one of the recommended pairings, so it turns out I wasn’t too far from the truth. Other favorites of mine that would have paired fairly well with this burger would have been 5 Rabbit Cerveceria 5 Lizard Witbier [4.30% ABV] and Off Color Brewing Troublesome Gose/Wheat Beer [4.50% ABV], which are coincidentally the same beers I’d paired with the Asesino burger.