Locro de Papa
A speciality from the highlands is Locro de Papa, a thick soup made of potatoes, often served with cheese and avocado. Ingredients and preparation can vary though from place to place and sometimes it is made with corn.
I ate Locro de Papa a few times during my visit in Ecuador. Twice at Fruteria Monserrate in Quito.
I had heard they have a good Locro de papas with avocado and cheese, but when I arrived at 11.00 it was not ready yet, so I ordered Locro de papas con almejas (mussels) for $1.50 (June 2011). The soup tasted good, and I must say it tasted better than the Locro de papas with avocado and cheese, which I had another day.
Another time I ate Locro de Papa at Restaurante San Francisco in the Archbishop Palace in Quito. The restaurant is situated on the second floor, on a balcony around the courtyard. Here it was much more expensive and for a Locro de Papa and an orange juice, with IVA and service, it was $9.39 (August 2011).
In Cuenca I ate Locro de Papa at Raymipampa, a popular café and restaurant on the west side of Parque Calderon. The soup was good and was also served with two pieces of fresh bread. Soup, beer and IVA was $3.49 (July 2011).
The most expensive Locro de Papa I have had at Mea Culpa in Quito. With a mango juice, tax and service it was $11.41 (July 2012). But it was not the best. I think the best Locro de Papa I have eaten in Ecuador was at Tianguez in Quito. With a maracuya juice it was $6 (June 2012).
In many places in Ecuador you can buy big fried empanadas. They are made of dough which is fried while you are waiting. They are warm when you eat them and they are delicious, but very greasy. The ones I had didn’t have any filling but sometimes there is a cheese filling.
The first photo is from the market in Zumbahua where I bought two empanadas and a coffee for $0.75 (July 2011). And the second photo is from Restaurant El Pollo Pachanguero in Centro Histórico in Quito, where I bought one for $0.50 when I passed by.
Besides these large fried empanadas you can of course buy the smaller empanadas with filling everywhere in Ecuador.Related to:
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Ceviche is a dish made of uncooked fresh seafood which is marinated in lemon juice, and it often comes with herbs and sliced onion and tomato on top. You can have ceviche made of fish, shrimps, squid or shellfish. You can also get a mixed ceviche with different seafood. I like the fish and/or shrimp ceviche best.
Ceviche is often served with popcorn or banana chips on the side.
The ceviche in the picture is a Ceviche de Pescado (fish) which I ate at the restaurant Rincón de Alma in Puerto Ayora. It was $8.50 (July 2011) and then a plate of banana chips were also included.
At restaurant El Sol de Manta in Latacunga I had a fish and shrimp ceviche, which was served with popcorn on the side. Together with a side order of avocado and a lemon juice it was $9.20.
While staying in Quito you...
While staying in Quito you have to go eat a la Choza. There you will find tipycal plates from the region. Empanadas de morocho, llapingachos (potato pies), you can drink chicha. Then you can drive to Ambato, a town a few hours from Quito, where you find a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and you must eat CHUGCHUCARAS.
If you are in the coast you cannot leave before trying ceviche, or caldo de patas.
Favorite Dish: Empanadas de morocho.
Cuy - roasted guinea pig
Cuy, rosted guinea pig, is a traditional food in the Andean region. I had not eaten cuy on my previous visits to Ecuador, so I was happy to hear we were going to have cuy for dinner the first night I stayed in Urbina.
The guinea pigs were prepared in the kitchen. They were dipped in hot water to make it easy to pluck the fur of the animal. Then parts where hair was still left were put near the flame on the stove so that the remaining hair could easily be plucked.
We were five people sharing the meat from two guinea pigs. Together with the meat we got potatoes, beans, maize and something I don’t know the name of. I think the cuy tasted good and I will definitely eat it again if I get the chance.
Some people say that cuy taste like chicken or rabbit. I don’t think it tasted like chicken, but it had a richer flavor, and rabbit I can’t remember how it taste, so can’t compare.
El Crater Restaurant: Scenic Restaurant at Pululahua Crater
Scenic restaurant at the edge of the Pululahua Crater
with a gorgeous view of the crater. Food and service outstanding. The blackberry juice was wonderful!
Favorite Dish: Pasta Alfredo with mushrooms. Blackberry juice drink.
I do not remember: A last fine restaurant before ..
It must be somewhere at the borders of the jungle.But after a hard ride by bus to this place - it was a joy and experience to have diner in this restaurant in a very small town.
The cook is famous for preparing the local speciality : throut .
But you can manage the restaurant youself - by cutting some bread ! unique !Related to:
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Mamma's restaurant: Mamma's restaurant
The last restaurant before going to the jungle ! Announced as mamma's restaurant but this is not the real name ! Maybe someone can help me !
Favorite Dish: There is only a "daily menu" most of all throut because this plate and popular - as fresh as nature can offer it ! From the rivers next to the door !
La Fondita Paisa: Cuenca : Colombia bis in Ecuador !
Another colombian restaurant ! As cool and as cheap (about 2,5 USD and you'll be full !) ! It has to be tested !!!
Un autre resto colombien ! Aussi sympa et aussi pas cher (2,5 USD et vous serez repu !) ! Faut l'essayer !!!
Favorite Dish: Apenas con pollo - Pasteles de polloRelated to:
SCRAMBLED EGGS AND POTATOES: BREAKFAST
One of my favourite dishes in the country was the scrambled eggs and potatoes for breakfast. I would head for any market to buy this delicious meal which is made in a large frying pan and costs very little. Try it, it's just like home!Related to:
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Cafe Ole: Cuenca : A nice breakfast - Un bon petit-dej
It's not the cheapest one in town (from 1.85 USD to 2.50 USD), but I really liked the calm of the place, the really nice juice and coffee and the design !
Ce n'est pas le moins cher (de 1.85 a 2.5 USD), mais j'ai bien aime le calme qui y regne, le jus de fruit et le cafe, tout autant que le design !Related to:
Jugos y batidos
I love the fruit juices of Ecuador! There are lots of different juices made of fresh fruits. If it is made with milk instead of water it is called batido.
My favourites are batido de frutilla (strawberry) and jugo de guanabana, as well as jugo de mango and jugo de maracuya (passionfruit). Sometimes I also order juice made of papaya, tomate de arbol (tree tomato) or naranjilla. Mora (blackberry) or piña (pinapple) I only take if there is no other choice.
I drink the juices for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Restaurant Huauki: Don't Miss the Amazing Food and Space
The newly opened International Food Restaurant Huauki. Chefs are Japanese who have much experience of international food from japanese, Thai, chinese, Vietnam, Mexican, and Ecuadorian. The space of the restaurant is quite amazing. You take your shoes off before entering and sit down on the floor. Just enjoy good music and atomosphere. Drinks are cheap and foods are various. I am sure you would love it. I am sure I would come back!!
Favorite Dish: Spring roll which has shrimp, cucumber, and noodles inside rounded by rice. It was very very good. I would not mind paying to eat this good food.Related to:
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Encebollado - an Ecuadorian soup
Encebollado is a fish and onion soup with yucca, tomatoes and spices. It is often served with popcorn and banana chips (chifles). It is eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner and is served both in restaurants and by street vendors. Encebollado is said to be very good against hangovers.
I ate an encebollado at the small restaurant Encebollados Juan Chope in La Florida in Quito.
When I walked from the metrobus stop La Florida up to La Florida Burial Chambers (it is quite long) I had my eyes open for a place where I could eat after the visit. La Florida is a quiet residential area but not far from the museum I saw a small restaurant, Encebollados Juan Chope, and decided to stop there for lunch after I had visited the burial chambers.
On the sign outside Encebollados Juan Chope it says they serve encebollados, ceviches, rice with seafood and fish. I sat down at the outdoor table and asked if they had Ceviche de Pascado. At the moment they hadn’t, and from the four meals they had I choose encebollado. It was served with popcorn and banana chips. Besides the onions (which I’m not very fond of) it tasted good. It was $1.90 (July 2012).
Lo Nuestro, Guayaquil: Ummm, So Good!
Great ambiance,decor, service, food, and moderate prices. A good selection of local and international dishes offered from the menu.
Favorite Dish: I selected a local seafood dish as seafood is my favorite, and they did not disappoint.Related to:
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