I am not a breakfast person but encebollado in Canoa, Ecuador is changing my mind about eating before soon.
It’s not all that surprising as I don’t like sweet food. I could care less about pancakes, muffins or french toast.
My friends often drag me out as I hate going for brunch unless I can also order lunch. I would much rather have a sandwich over mushy scrambled eggs.
I love poached eggs – but over asparagus or a salad instead of hash browns.
But not everywhere in the world. I have such fond memories of soup for breakfast in Vietnam. And I thought it was the best breakfast ever – until now.
Encebollado is a pickled onion fish soup and one of Ecuador’s national dishes. However, despite spending so much time in Cuenca, I didn’t eat it until I traveled to Canoa.
Served with plantain chips to break into the soup, encebollado usually has albacore tuna but some places mix it up with other fish or seafood.
At $1.25 a bowl I’d choose this soup over pancakes any day.
Encebollado is healthy!?
Encebollado is also known as a hangover cure and people swear by it. I wish I had known this a few mornings ago when I was suffering from a night of too many caipirinhas.
Whether it works or not I’m starting to see that the food on the coast can be quite different than in the Andes of Ecuador. There is no cuy on the menu.
I may need to go on a food hunt over the next few days.
PS: If you’d like to make this dish I highly recommend the site Laylita’s Recipes. Laylita was born in Ecuador but now lives in the United States. She blogs in French, English and Spanish and is by far the best site for finding authentic recipes for Ecuadorian food.
Her site isn’t limited to Ecuadorian or even Latin American food, she includes recipes from around the world and you can search by country. I highly recommend her site – and of course her encebollado recipe.