For over 20 years El Olomega The Original Red Hook Salvadoran Pupusas, formerly known as The Lainez Stand has been celebrating the art of gathering - every weekend from end of April to end of October (Starting dates varies) when people come together, wether in celebration of a wonderful and joyous soccer game, a birthday, or simply a nice day for a walk in the park, a good food ensues around Red Hook Park. Where authentic food is enjoyed with a layback “siesta” type attitude, a place where Pupusas is a thing of legend. From all five boroughs in New York City and nearest States people have come to identify El Olomega Mobile Food Truck, at Red Hook Park as the place for the best Salvadoran Pupusas and their other dishes as "Simple The Best".
In 1988 Carlos Ayala a vendor & brother of Teodora Lainez and Ana Maria Ayala suggested that the Soccer Players and family members at Red Hook Park in Brooklyn were hungry for some good Salvadoran food - and man did they deserved an authentic Pupusa.
Armed with the knowledge of their mother’s secret recipe; Teodora Lainez best known for Esperanza along with her sister Ana Maria, joined a partnership. In the summer of 1988 with a handful of pork meat, cheese, and a single portable grill started selling Pupusas.
Carlos Ayala was right; the need for an authentic and fresh Salvadoran food was overwhelming. The pupusa legend had begun.
Over the next 20 years El Olomega expanded with their traditional family secret recipe joining the team on and off different family members. In 2008 a corporation known as El Olomega The Original Red Hook Salvadoran Pupusas Inc. was formed and new family members were added it to the new corporation to Continue with the tradition and serving the hungry soccer players, and their families, as well as a whole new group of patrons and their relatives and friends.
What is a pupusa?
A pupusa is a tortilla made of corn flour (Maseca) stuffed with various flavors of food like, Pork, chicken, shrimp, loroco flower, chesse, and beans. The pupusas is stuffed while forming the round pancake like tortilla. It is a culinary artform, and not everyone can make them. It takes skill and practice to be able to make them.
Pupusas were first cooked and eaten by the Pipils Indian tribe which lived in the territory which is now known as El Salvador.