100 Favorite OC Dishes, #50: Pan Con Pollo at El Divino Salvador Del Mundo

Clearly, you're going to need extra napkins.EXPAND
Clearly, you're going to need extra napkins.
Denise De La Cruz

Pan con pavo or pan con chumpe (as Salvadoreans call it) is a traditional dish served around the holidays in El Salvador. It simply translates to "bread with turkey." But if you can't wait until turkey season then stop by El Divino Salvador Del Mundo for a delicious pan con pollo (chicken) equivalent.

Save yourself the drive to Pico-Union in Los Angeles and visit South Whittier instead. The Salvi eatery is family-owned and -manned—this becomes evident as you hear the family's matron pounding masa for pupusas right by you while her husband and son tend to customers. As delicious as the pupusas and Salvadorean banana leaf-wrapped tamales are, far better is the much rarer pan con pollo. The savory and gently spiced sandwich is made with a crispy yet soft bolillo smothered in crema salvadoreaña (think sour cream but less tangy), topped with chunks of seasoned chicken, curtido, cucumber and tomato slices. A ramekin of spiced chicken broth accompanies the Salvadoran sammie for your dipping pleasure too. ¡Buen provecho, vos!

El Divino Salvador Del Mundo, 13800 Leffingwell Rd., Whittier, (562) 944-2244.

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62. Pineapple Float at Jollibee 
63. Szechuan Fries at Wok N Tandoor 
64. Banh Xeo at Quan Mii 
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70. Crawfish Mac & Cheese from The Wharf
71. Malasadas from Dough Doughs Hawaiian Cafe 
72. Salsas from Salsa Bandolera 
73. Chorizo Breakfast Bagel at Spigas Bakery and Cafe 
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76. Hainan Chicken Rice at Baos Hog 
77. Fruit- and Ice Cream-Topped Waffles at Crave 
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79. Chimichurri Fries at Piaggo on Wheels 
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84. Spicy Tuna Roll at Yard House 
85. Amber Roll at Orange Roll and Sushi 
86. Frito Chili Cheeseburger at Burger Parlor 
87. Maui Sunrise at The Original Banzai Bowls 
88. Meals from The Performance Kitchen 
89. Pizza-Sized Quesadilla at Los Sanchez
90. Filipino Brunch at EATS Kitchen And Bar
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