Travel bites: Christchurch food truck draws crowds for its chicken and cornbread

When I was presented with a perfect cube of yellow sponge-like bread at a restaurant on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, I expected a subtle sweetness and texture similar to your egg white cake. medium. But the cornbread side dish was savory, buttery, and as dense as a brick – perfect for soaking up the pool of sauce left on my plate.

THE DISH

There are several variations of the basic North American side dish. Thanks to corn’s abundance prior to European settlement, cornbread has strong ties to native Native American tribes, including the Hopi of Arizona, the Hidatsa of North Dakota, and the Cherokee, Iroquois, and Seneca who used ground corn to create pancakes, dumplings, and cooked and boiled versions.

Modern recipes are called a quick dough bread, and in just over an hour the combination of cornmeal, baking powder, buttermilk and eggs can be transported from the mixing bowl to the frying pan. to produce a delicious golden slice of the substance.

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A freshly prepared meal of cornbread, chicken and rice from C&C Chicken and Cornbread in Christchurch.

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A freshly prepared meal of cornbread, chicken and rice from C&C Chicken and Cornbread in Christchurch.

You can eat it brushed with butter, use it as a sponge with soup or stew, stuff crumbled leftovers into a chook, or wrap bread in a glass then pour over milk. If you’re not sold on this latest soggy creation, how about some cornbread with a pile of hot Southern-style fried chicken? Hold that thought.

TRY IT ABROAD

Cornbread is the staple of comfort food in the southern states of the United States. Head straight to the motherland for a taste of the real thing, from Alabama to Arizona, Louisiana to Kentucky, where you’ll find several variations.

Bobby Wayne of C&C Chicken and Cornbread on Pages Road, Bexley.

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Bobby Wayne of C&C Chicken and Cornbread on Pages Road, Bexley.

At 65-year-old Willie Mae’s Scotch House restaurant in New Orleans, cornbread muffins are considered a legendary side dish, while the modern southern restaurant Husk in South Carolina is known for process bread with bacon fat. If you want, visit Walmart where you can pick up a boxed version of cornbread ready to throw in the pan or oven.

TRY IT AT HOME

To taste cornbread in New Zealand, head to Christchurch. Popular local food truck C&C Chicken and Cornbread is run by Atlanta, Georgia expat Bobby Wayne, serving a square menu of fried chicken wings with cornbread or “gold nuggets.” over rice and drizzled with gravy. You will find a long queue outside the food truck known as “The Chicken Coop” on Pages Road in Bexley. Bobby Wayne’s larger than life personality is part of the experience.

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