I was first introduced to this stuff a few summers ago by Francesca, who dragged me down to Cafe Habana and ordered me to eat one, despite my insistence that a) I don’t love eating corn in public (the whole stuck-in-teeth thing) and b) spicy food makes me angry.
But it is so good. And easy to make at home. And impressive to guests. And if you do it yourself it is even more wonderful, because you can eat it in vast, indelicate quantities, and your floss is just a few feet away.
MEXICO CITY STREET CORN
What you need:
1 ear of corn per person
Crumbled cotija cheese (a mild cheese that you can find in most well-stocked supermarkets)
Chili powder or cayenne pepper
What you do:
1. Grill (or boil) shucked corn until tender.
2. Roll ears in melted butter, and then spread with a little mayo.
3. Sprinkle with cheese, and then a touch of chili powder or paprika.
4. Serve with a wedge of lime.