Yesterday I had the pleasure of dining in Flushing’s only pupuseria. El Ranchito De Daisy Salvadoreno sits mere blocks away from the bustling K-tropolis that is Northern Boulevard. It is by no means the best pupusa I have had in Queens, but it gets extra credit for its improbable location in what is otherwise a Korean stronghold.
I went with the chicharonne and cheese. It set me back all of $1.75. The disk of griddled masa stuffed with pork and cheese came topped with curtido, a Salavadoran slaw of sorts, and a pool of salsa roja, a thin tomato sauce. The house hot sauce, really more of a relish, chock full of jalapeno, onions, and carrots was a welcome addition. Daisy’s is part convenience store, part restaurant. While I dug into my cheesy pupusa a group of gals enjoyed a meal at the large round table that sits in the window.
As I paid my tab I couldn’t help but notice several packages of Chao Mein noodles, which turn out to be made in El Salvador. Who knows perhaps I can convince Daisy to make a kimchi pupusa. After all stranger mashups have happened.
El Ranchito De Daisy Salvadoreno 41-149 150 Street, 718-661-3307