What are Tlayudas?
To the western tongue, tlayuda is closest to being pronounced 'cla-you-da'. The premise of Tlayuda is to offer a crisp corn tortilla, topped with all manner of flavourful options. Much like a tostada, but uniquely Oaxacan. It's served predominantly as a street food, but also enjoyed in high end restaurants too.
In Oaxaca the tortilla (always corn) comes in many sizes, but always thin and crisp. Mostly simply topped with ingredients and served, but sometimes they are folded and given an extra toast, like a quesadilla. Tlayudas can feature many different toppings from the traditional to the modern. In Oaxaca I ate a very traditional version of crickets, chillies and ant mayonnaise which was surprisingly delicious. But my favourite was meat (and drippings) from the Asada grill with beans and cheese and a healthy scattering of crunchy greens on top.