Day 228: Cuenca, Ecuador
This being my second time in Ecuador, I had already eaten cuy when my mother and sister visited and now alone could concentrate on my one true love – pig.
Ecuadorians have won my heart my finding many ways to eat pigs and while the list could be endless, I have shared the ones I love the most:
There’s nothing better than seeing an entire roasted pig being picked apart for my eating pleasure. Here I enjoyed roasted pig atop mote with a side of salad, llapingacho and crispy pork skin for only $2.
Where: You can find it everywhere but I recommend the second floor of Mercado 10 de Agosto. There are a dozen vendors and they’re all fantastic.
2. Pernil sandwiches
True you can get this in any country but Ecuadorians sandwiches put other pork sandwiches to shame. Here you can get a shaved pernil or pavo (turkey) sandwich for $1.20. Don’t forget the spicy aji and wash it down with a glass of coconut juice.
Where: Head to the corner of Calle Miguel Angela Estrella and Juan Jaramillo, which should be known as pork corner as all the corners have pork sandwiches, you can’t go wrong with any of them. This sandwich is from Soda Bar “Piedad” there’s no sign outside but inside it’s crowded.
Sausages are delicious but Ecuadorians take it one step further by filling them with rice and vegetables.
Where: The best ones are on the way to see Rogelio but if you’re not going to see him a good runner-up is the Mercado 10 de Agosto.
4. Hot dogs
Who doesn’t want a little pork on pork action? So hot dogs can be found throughout all of Latin America but this was the first time I had experienced the genius of shredded hot dog on hot dog. Forget ketchup and mustard, the condiment of choice here is the delicious aji.
Where: My Favorite Hot Dog on Jaramillo is a walk-up restaurant where you order through a window on the street. The stand is only available at night and there’s often a line-up, make sure you don’t arrive too late because when the aji is gone it’s gone.
At first I thought this was hot dog on fries but I learned that it was Vienna sausage on fries and somehow that changed my mind from being disgusting to absolutely delicious.
Where: Any little shop that sells hotdogs but never in a bar no matter how many beer you have had. It’s not as good.
6. Mote con chicharon
Better than basic hominy, the addition of other types of corn as well as chicharrón, onion and a creamy dressing makes this a great snack in between porky meals.
Where: You can find street vendors selling this everywhere.
And with that, my arteries need a bit of a break. I’ll be eating salad for the next while.