cuisine is available all around the country, but you must taste
some of the Ecuadorian specialties, like Humitas (a steamed cornbread),
Llapingachos (fried mashed potato patties with fresh cheese), Locro
(a chowder made with potatoes, fresh cheese and avocado).
majority of Ecuador's daily diet is based on rice, which, along
with nearly everything else is almost always garnished with Ají
(hot sauce), that varies in intensity, depending on the regions,
or most likely on the persons seasoning. It is wise to try a little
first to avoid any unpleasantness.
is popular throughout Ecuador. In the northern coast, many plates
are "encocado" (blended with rich coconut milk). You may
find an extensive variety of dishes in the coastal area, but the
signature dish is the Ceviche (lemon-marinated shrimp, shellfish,
squid or fish, in cold soup) served with popcorn and chifle (fried
chips of green banana).
cautious, however, as improperly prepared Ceviche can sometimes
be one of the primary agents for cholera and other nasty bacteria.
Most restaurants are aware of this and act accordingly, but choose
your dining establishment wisely.
will be pleasantly surprised by the wide selection of vegetarian
restaurants in the principal cities of the highlands. Although you
may not find easily, processed soy products, Ecuador counts on fresh
beans of all types and quinoa seeds as very good protein supplements.
only bottled or boiled water as well as asking for your drinks "sin
hielo", without ice. Distilled and sparkling waters from Ecuadorian
springs are available throughout the country and are good quality.
the mouthwatering exotic fruits of Ecuador come delicious fruit
"jugos" juices, including naranjilla (a small orange color,
sour, refreshing citric fruit), tree tomato, mora (blackberry),
guanabana (a fruit with luscious aromatic sweet white pulp), maracuya
(passion fruit) and papaya.
spite of Ecuador being a coffee producing country, coffee quality
is often disappointing, as the best beans are usually exported.
But if you can find a good café you'll be able to revel in some
first-rate caffeine, made from home-grown beans.
ecuadorian tea isn't cosidered to be of very good quality, we recommend
for those tea lovers, to ask for a herbal infussion which are commonly
known as "agua de vieja". Ecuador counts with a wide selection
of medicinal herbs, (manzanilla=chamomile, hierba buena=spearmint,
anís=anise and many more) which are offered after every meal
in most of the dinning stablishments.