That’s such a fun word to say out loud. Did you know that soca (with one c) is also the name of a music genre from the Anglo/French Caribbean? It’s not the “Dieter”/dieter conondrum from tartine week, but another fun coincidence.
Unlike most of my fellow Doristas, I had seen socca before under its Argentinean moniker, faína. Almost exactly six years ago, Eduardo and I were honeymooning in Argentina. After four straight days of wonderful multi-course meals in Mendoza, one of the main wine growing areas, we arrived into Buenos Aires looking for something… simple. Our first meal in the city was pizza and a cold Quilmes at a very good chain restaurant a couple of blocks from our Palermo Soho hotel. All through the pizzeria there were signs with the different menu items and family style combinations. Most of these included the faína. Admittedly, we were not curious enough to try it but made sure to ask about it later. Chickpea flatbread… interesting concept.