bolon de verde
Canoa, Ecuador

I have gained a little bit of weight in Ecuador, but I have done it without any regrets as I have discovered some fantastic food here. Perhaps I went a bit too far with the 48 hour eating binge of fast food in Cuenca, but hey you only live once.

Bolon de verde was one of the dishes I featured in the Original Fast Food in Cuenca video, there it is usually eating late afternoon with a cup of coffee. You can choose the cheese only version, or my favourite – a bolon de verde with cheese AND pork.

Who could say no to pork?


But here in Canoa bolon de verde is mostly eaten for breakfast. I have had it a few times and believe me the baseball size of fried cheesy plantain will keep you full for most of the day. And as Canoa is such a small town of 3000, I have made friends quite quickly who are kind enough to show me how to make traditional Ecuadorian food.

Today we made bolon de verde and I learned that it doesn’t always have to be deep fried or pan fried, many people skip the final phase to eat it at home. But fried queso fresco tastes amazing so I asked them to show me the original deep fried version.


Watch the video (and subscribe please!) to see how to make it:


Bolon de Verde Recipe

5 plantains
3/4 cup queso fresco
1 tbsp salt
oil to fry

1. Peel and chop the plantains, boil for ten minutes or until soft and mash.
2. Crumble in fresh cheese and mold into balls the size of a baseball.
3. They are ready to eat or you can either pan-fry in oil or deep fry until golden.


If you can’t view the video above, please check out: Ecuadorian Food: Bolon de Verde.



  1. Martine @ Chompchomp on the August 10, 2013 remarked #

    Cheese and pork. Oh yeah!
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    • Ayngelina on the August 11, 2013 remarked #

      Seriously, who could say no?

  2. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures on the August 10, 2013 remarked #

    Love the video! And that meal looks beyond delicious and something even I could possibly make in the kitchen haha.
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    • Ayngelina on the August 11, 2013 remarked #

      You could definitely make this in a kitchen, so much easier than I suspected.

  3. Arianwen on the August 10, 2013 remarked #

    I might start using your blog to teach me how to cook! :)
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    • Ayngelina on the August 11, 2013 remarked #

      haha it’s so much easier than you think!

  4. TammyOnTheMove on the August 12, 2013 remarked #

    Cheese and pork? What a great combination. This looks so yummy!
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    • Ayngelina on the August 12, 2013 remarked #

      I know you can’t go wrong with cheese and pork!

  5. Alex on the August 14, 2013 remarked #

    Love that you included a recipe (and one easy enough that I could do it!) What a fun fusion of a cooking and travel post :)
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  6. Abby on the August 14, 2013 remarked #

    I love this delicious post and video, but what I really love is that you are constantly pushing yourself. The video, the script — gorgeous!
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  7. Emily in Chile on the August 19, 2013 remarked #

    I don’t like bananas at all, but I do like plantains, so this looks pretty good.
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  8. noel on the August 21, 2013 remarked #

    wow, bananas and cheese in a really big fried ball, what a novelty….love it!
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  9. A Cook Not Mad (Nat) on the September 8, 2013 remarked #

    I love plantain but queso fresco is so hard to find in Canada :(
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  10. Erica on the September 16, 2013 remarked #

    YUM. Put it in my belly.
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