Tostada is a Latin American dish consisting of toasted tortillas or bread slices often served with meat and vegetable filling or sometimes topped with melted cheese. Different Latin American countries usually have their own takes on this dish. Many tostada recipes leave room for creativity because the types of ingredients can vary widely. Cooking traditions from Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico all have their own unique versions of this dish.
In traditional Mexican cooking, a tostada differs from a chalupa because it is open-faced rather than folded over the filling. Corn or flour tortillas can both be found in different Mexican tostada recipes, and most cooks fry each tortilla in a skillet with some olive or vegetable oil until crisp. A healthier alternative is baking the tortillas in the oven, which can make tostadas with lower amounts of fat. People following a low-carbohydrate eating plan can also substitute whole wheat or vegetable-based tortillas in these recipes.
Popular fillings for Mexican tostadas can include shredded chicken, lettuce, avocado, and cheese. Mexican tostada recipes also frequently call for refried beans, salsa, or chopped green chilies. These types of tortilla-based tostadas are usually made so that the cooked tortilla forms a bowl for the rest of the filling. They are usually served open-faced with the cooked meat on top of the rest of the filling, and the tortilla can be eaten after the rest of the meat, vegetables, and sauce. This type of tostada originated from the need to use up tortillas that were a few days old before they became too stale to eat.
Cuban tostadas are noticeably different from other types. They simply consist of white bread slices that have been spread with butter and pressed flat before toasting them to a golden brown color. This kind of tostada is often dipped into hot coffee and is a favorite breakfast item in Cuba. Two- to three-day-old homemade Cuban-style bread is a popular choice for this recipe, and it is often made into tostadas before going stale as well.
Puerto Rican tostadas follow a similar recipe as Cuban ones, although the type of bread is normally quite different. They are usually made from traditional Puerto Rican bread called pan de agua that has been sliced, dipped in either milk or beaten eggs, and fried in a skillet. This kind of tostada is also sometimes served with a slice of Swiss cheese melted over the top.
The Marble Mountains in Da Nang
The question that everyone does: how go up to the mountains of marble? To move to the mountains of marble can go in taxi, bike or bus.
The bus that stops right in front of the marble mountains is the bus No. 1, bus yellow color that covers the journey Danang – Hoi An. We can take the bus at the bus station in Danang (street Dien Bien Phu nº 33, very close to the train station of Danang) or at the Hoi An bus station (Le Hong Phong Street junction with Nguyen Tat Thanh). The price of the bus is 20,000 VND (less than 1 US $), it takes 15 minutes from 40 minutes from Hoi An and Danang.
To go from the center of Danang to Marble Mountains ride, we will have to pay 3€ about the taxi from Hoi An can cost 12€.
Hours and admission price to the Marble Mountains
The price of the entrance to the marble mountains is 15,000 VND (less than 1 US $), price which will give us access to mountain Thuy Son (the mountain of water), since the rest of the marble mountains are of free and open access. The elevator costs 30,000 VND (1€), price that allows us to go up and then down. The price of the entrance to the cave Am Phu is 15,000 VND.
Danang-marble mountains are open daily on schedule from the 7 to the 17: 00 in an uninterrupted way.
Facts about Marble Mountain
The interior of the Marble Mountains is full of this material, marble. For over 400 years it was customary to remove the marble inside the mountains to make furniture, sculptures, jewelry and used as building material. Marble is of such quality that Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi It was decorated with marble extracted from these mountains.
To avoid the damaged and over-exploitation, currently not allowed to extract marble from mountains of Danang, which has forced to import this material from other provinces (for example from the province of Ninh Binh).
During the Indochina wars and the Vietnam war marble mountains were used by the different sides that fought there. For example the French built bunkers during the indochina wars, Viet Cong installed a hospital inside the mountains (hospital that although hidden took a little time to be discovered by the American army) and the Americans used this location to place observation posts and deployed heavy artillery.
As past curious history say that in feudal times, the Lords of Danang hid the gold and precious jewels in the marble mountains, asking the monks that they guard precious treasure. They say that these treasures, which is not known for certain magnitude and value, still hiding in the mountains since the monks took the secret to the grave.
The Legend of the Marble Mountains
The legend of the golden dragon and the tortoise: Cham legend that an old hermit who lived on the coast of Danang, was fishing in the waters of the China Sea when a dragon suddenly emerged from the water to deposit a dragon egg on the coast. After the dragon disappear from the waters came a golden turtle, who claimed to be the god Kim Quy. The turtle instructed the old man ‘s mission to protect the dragon egg to any lurking danger, the old man unable to cope with the dangers, decided to bury the dragon egg in the land. The egg slowly grew until hatched. The dragon egg broke into 5 pieces, forming the 5 elements which in turn are the Marble Mountains in Danang.