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Food is the best. It’s exciting, delicious, and adventurous if you choose the right thing. While I was in Ecuador, I got to try weird things, well weird for me. This included llama, guinea pig, and cow skin soup. It was all delicious, but the soup was a little weird, think soggy gummy bears in broth. Odd.
Food is a great way to experience a different culture. It lets you see how they live and allows for great and exciting stories as well. Not only is it exciting, but it opens your eyes to delicious food that you may have never been able to try back home.
Aji and fresh fruit juice, so good! Fruit juice is a part of every meal and a refreshing addition to the rice also at every meal, still delicious! Here’s a look at some of the food of the popular foods in Ecuador and traditional Ecuadorian food.
Who doesn’t like ice cream? I’ll leave it at that.
Cuy (Guinea Pig)
The whole thing. They breed them to eat, I’m pretty sure that’s why they’re so giant. It was actually really good. Like a lot of things, it was like chicken. It can be found in the Andes in Ecuador along with Peru and Bolivia. Trying cuy in Ecuador is definitely something you should do at least once.
Figs and Cheese
This was our dessert one night. I wasn’t a huge fan, I think it was a little too sweet for me, but it’s still worth a try. If (when) I go back, I’ll probably still try it again.
Cow Skin Soup
This was weird. It tasted fine, but the pieces of cow skin were, uhh, different. They almost felt soggy. A lot of places will have a basket of popcorn on the table. This isn’t a pre-dinner snack. You put it on your soup! It’s delicious, but I would recommend adding it as you eat and not all at once. That way it doesn’t get as soggy.
This is a salsa-type condiment that goes on everything. Sometimes it’s spicy, other times milder. It. Is. Heavenly. I’ve tried to find it in the US, but haven’t been successful, but now I’m thinking I should just try and make some myself.
The ones we had were filled with cheese, and super delicious. Ecuador has pretty great food.
Ours came with rice, fried plantain, and an avocado. I’m not sure how common this is (not very, I’ve been informed), but we had it in a small village in the mountains. I wasn’t a huge fan of this. The meat was pretty tough and fatty. I’m also not a huge fan of the sweet plantains like this, I prefer the fried ones. I didn’t love this, but I’m glad I got to try it.
Whats the weirdest thing you’ve eaten? Do you like trying weird food when you travel? Have you had any of these things?