Some of our best travel memories involve food. Our trip to Ecuador was no exception!
The food in Ecuador did not disappoint and we still dream of a dish called “arroz con pulpo” (rice with octopus). We demolished this plate of deliciousness on a beach in the Galapagos Islands. Octopus can be tough if cooked incorrectly, but the pieces of octopus in this dish were succulent and tender. The rice was cooked to perfection and had just the right amount of spice.
If you find yourself in Ecuador, you can’t miss the local specialty: ceviche. Ceviche is a seafood dish that is made by marinating raw seafood in citrus juices. The acid from the citrus fruit juice (such as lemon juice or lime juice) “cooks” the seafood. The dish is then seasoned with chili (aji) or other flavorings like salt, onions or coriander (cilantro).
Ecuadorian ceviche is a little bit different than other ceviche dishes that we have tried. It has more of a tomato base. We love ceviche and its simple and clean flavours. Our ceviche dishes came with a side of fried plantain chips or popcorn, as is the custom in Ecuador. We enjoyed this dish of ceviche (pictured below) in a restaurant overlooking the beach in Salinas, Ecuador. Amazing!
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