food ecuador Ecuador is well-known for its abundance of exotic fruits, excellent fish and seafood and the countless varieties of Andean potatoes. Ecuador has some very tasty meals, but you may also be suprised about some of the strange combinations they use. You can expect some amazing seafood dishes at the coast of Ecuador, tasty roasted guinea pig in the jungle and some delicious sweets north of Quito.

Adventurous food from Ecuador

If you are an adventurous eater, then Ecuador is the place for you, you can taste some roasted cuy (guinea pig), tronquito (bull penis soup) or yaguarlocro (potato soup made with sprinklings of blood). But for those of you who prefer eating more familiar foods, Ecuador offers some more common meals too.

Ecuadorians have a regular diet of rice, potatoes, and meat (beef and chicken can be found anywhere, but pork is only found in the sierra). Ecuadorean food is usually not prepared with a lot of spices. But to make their meal a bit more interesting Ecuadoreans use a spicy sauce called Aji. You will find Aji on almost every dinner table in restaurants and homes, each with its own intensity of 'picante', but some with an additional sweet fruity flavor. In addition to Aji, most dishes are accompanied by rice, a small salad and potatoes or patacones (squashed, fried green bananas).

What you can expect

Some dishes that you will most likely find in restaurants are: seco de pollo (a stew made of chicken, accompanied by rice and avocado slices) and lomo salteado (thin beef steaks smothered in onions and tomatoes). At street vendors you are likely to find Tortillas de maiz (thin corn pancakes) and choclo (barbecued Andean corn), they make great snacks at any time of the day.

Drinks in Ecuador

Most Ecuadorians prefer beer, and in second place rum. You can find almost any imported beer brand in Ecuador as well as some pretty good local beers. In the Andean region the sugarbased alcohol drink auguardiente is considered an inexpensive alternative for tequila.

Keyfacts about Ecuador

Location:

Western South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean at the Equator, between Colombia and Peru

Capital: Quito

Population:
13,5 million

Time Zone:
GMT 5 hours

Ethnic groups:

Mestizo (mixed Ecuadorean and white) 65%, Indigenous 25%, Spanish and others 7%, black 3%

Religions:
Roman Catholic 95%, other 5%

Languages:
Spanish (official), indigenous languages (especially Quechua)

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