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Must-Try Local Favorite Foods Inspired by Ecuador

Prachi Dharap Aug 29, 2019
The tiny country of Ecuador stands firm on the global culinary scene. The cuisine is quite varied with influences from the coast, Andes highlands and the Amazonian basin.
Plantains look like a banana and can be eaten fried either raw or ripe.
Plantain Chips

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Empanadas
Ecuador is known for its sweet or savory Empanadas. Generally they are eaten as a morning or afternoon snack.
Cuy
As weird it might sound, Cuy is actually a spit-roasted guinea pig. It is usually served with Aji (a spicy local sauce) and potatoes.
The cheese stuffed potato patty/ pancakes are usually served with peanut sauce for breakfast or lunch.
Llapingacho
Ecuadorian churrasco
The traditional dish is a grilled steak with gravy, sometimes served with egg, rice, potatoes, avocado or a small salad.
The cold soup is one of the Ecuadorian national dishes. It's a fresh and zesty mix of fish, lime juice, onions, peppers and tomatoes.
Ceviche
Biche de Pescado
It is a typical thick, stew like hearty soup made with fish, yuca, sweet plantains, peanut, onions, sweet corn, and cilantro.

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Encebollado
The traditional fish stew, popular in the coastal region, is usually served with variety of side dishes like plantain chips, bread, boiled cassava, etc. It is also considered as a great hangover cure.
Classic dessert of Figs with Cheese is quite popular. The figs can be served either fresh or candied with local, unsalted cheese.
Higos con Queso
Bizcocha cookie
The buttery cookies can be combined with sweet dulce de leche dipping or salty stringy cheese.

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Chocolate
Ecuadorian chocolate is considered to be one of the best in the world. The local brands have unique flavors like rose, lemon grass, chilli, coffee, Amazonian tea, etc.