Having Latin American roots means I am always longing for my mother’s cooking. The diverse community I grew up in exposed my palette to a variety of flavours a burger could never live up to. Don’t get me wrong we all love a good burger, but as they say, “variety is the spice of life”. Nothing could be truer.
Luckily, Coco T’s on Union Street is introducing Hereford to the exotic foods of her upbringing, as well as mine. The red kidney beans are of the smaller variety traditionally used by my family, and she usually stocks plantains which were a staple in my childhood along with beans and rice. Sadly she was out during this last visit…don’t worry my dear I will be back.
She had just opened a fresh shipment of ginormous yams I have never seen before. The ones I have encountered in the past were like newborn yams in comparison. There is a large variety spices and chilies as well. These are stocked alongside hair extension and other items you would never pair together, which makes you think that perhaps, this is how they do things in her culture, making the experience unique and enjoyable. Why not? A one stop shop some would say.
If you are a fan of African or Caribbean cooking in Hereford, you no longer have to order online or travel to Birmingham; Coco T has made these items accessible for locals. She is also helpful and who would happily share a recipe with you if you desired to try something new.