Snacks are meant to be easy, and this one is about as easy as they come: rotisserie chicken, barbecue sauce, grated cheese, tortillas, salsa, sour cream, done. There’s not much to the dish and it needs no recipe, so I feel a little hesitant even writing about it, but this dish is all about the memory, and since the memory puts me in a happy place, then it should be given space here.
Though it’s more believable that this came about after a midnight refrigerator rustle, I first had this strange “why didn’t I think of it” concoction in Shanghai. I would frequently take the train from Nanjing to Shanghai for weekend fun, prenatal visits, and stop-offs to or from international travel destinations. I would stay at Holiday Inn and enjoy comfy beds and one international cable channel. My apartment bed had a hard mattress and a squeaky frame, so a night in a soft bed with lots of fluffy pillows felt truly luxurious. I spent most of my time in Shanghai shopping, exploring, getting pampered and eating amazing Chinese and international cuisine. Time permitting, I would also have a hotel room in and watch movies and order from Sherpa’s, where for a $2 fee workers on mopeds would deliver food and wine straight to my hotel room! Shanghai is expensive, and after a day of exploring and spending money (or a night of shenanigans), it was nice to have this marvel of a service that delivered all manner of food and liquor, and it was more convenient and cheaper than traveling to the restaurant! Aww, what a life! I miss Sherpa’s!
I frequently ordered from Brasa, a Peruvian restaurant that serves the most amazing chicken. You would think I’d have an easier time finding good Peruvian chicken stateside, but Brasa still ranks as best Peruvian chicken ever (and if you live in Shanghai, then have Sherpa’s deliver it now!). My Peruvian chicken recipe is in the works so, sadly, that post will have to wait, but Brasa also serves a quesadilla filled with their awesome chicken, cheese, and barbecue sauce; so as an homage to Brasa, I make a quesadilla with rotisserie chicken and barbecue sauce. In most cases of food adaptations in China, I’d say the barbecue sauce is a poor substitution for salsa, but Brasa serves their quesadilla with salsa and sour cream on the side, which makes the barbecue sauce a deliberate choice. And it makes for a tasty addition, giving a slight smokiness and oomph to the quesadilla. This is a simple, tasty snack- the best kind.