Moranga (cow’s blood) in Mexico

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Cow's blood in Mexico

Years ago I would not have touched blood sausage. It was not for lack of trying, as I had been to England where it is common in the full English breakfast as black pudding. But the plate I sent back always contained the black pudding with a bite taken out of it. New York City changed that with such endeavors as blood chocolate at Ornella’s Trattoria. But by that time, I took every chance to eat a full English breakfast, and every time I forgot to ask the wait staff to substitute an extra white pudding for blood pudding, I encouraged myself each time to take a bite out of that blood pudding. After time, I developed a taste for blood, so much that I could eat the blood pudding on the plate and not even know I ate it. Mission accomplished. Now onto bigger things, such as cow’s blood in Mexico!

I have lived in areas of New York City with a heavy Latino population, and it was not long before I discovered that they have their own version of blood sausage. I first had this food in an Ecuadorian area of New York City, but I had it again today in Store 23, an open air market in Cancun, Mexico. This time it was extra special because I could see it being made. The Mexican version of blood sausage is called moranga.

Beside the chincheron, there was a bucket with a boiling liquid. That was the blood boiling. After a while, it will turn into a solid.

Pot of boiling cow's blood in Mexico
Pot of boiling cow’s blood in Mexico

I think it is best to eat it hot, but I waited until I got to the office to eat it over a plate. It had cooled down a little, but it was still delicious. It tastes more meaty than blood, unlike the English black pudding or blood chocolate that I had in Italian cuisine. Maybe it is because of spices put into Mexican cow’s blood. As the blood solidifies, it forms into a “crumbling” texture. There may be tiny bits of fat, but they compliment the taste instead of putting you off. Today’s moranga was stuffed into an intestine casing, but apparently moranga can also be served in a taco. I happen to love tacos.

Do you know what that means?

There will be so much more cow’s blood for me to eat in Mexico. I just know it!