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Chi-Chi's Sweet Corn Cake


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Chi-Chi's cofounder Marno McDermott named his restaurant chain after his wife Chi Chi. He claims the name is quite memorable as it translates in Spanish into something like "hooters" in English. The Minneapolis Star quoted McDermott in 1977 shortly after the first Chi-Chi's opened in Richfield, Minneapolis, "English-speaking patrons remember it because it's catchy. And the Spanish-speaking customers are amused. Either way, it doesn't hurt business."

One of the side dishes included with several of the entrees at Chi-Chi's is the Sweet Corn Cake. It's sort of like cornbread, but much softer, almost like corn pudding. You'll find it goes well with just about any Mexican dish. The recipe requires a bain marie, or water bath—a baking technique commonly used to keep custards from cracking or curdling. This is done by baking the corn cake in another larger pan filled with a little hot water.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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Theresa Watson
Jan 31, 2021, 13:47

OMG! I can no longer find the packets of Sweet Corn Cake, so I tried this one....it was spot on! I even tried the recipe using a cup of canned creamed corn, just as delicious. Thank you!

Excellent recipe
Jul 31, 2005, 22:00

As good as the original and now with Chi chi's closed, this is a major reason to purchase the books.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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