Foods of Central America

Foods of Central America

Central AmericaOne of the greatest things about learning Spanish online is the ability to travel around the Latin American world and be able to sample the special facets of each country.

Central America (remember you can learn Central American Spanish online) is one of those overlooked parts of Latin America, in my opinion (except for Costa Rica, which is the only real democracy in that region). I’m sure Costa Rica is lovely, but the other countries of Central America are some of the more interesting places to visit. Don’t get me wrong, though; Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua might be fascinating, but safety is a real concern also (political issues, violence, and earthquakes).

El Salvador is the smallest Central American country and is one of the smallest countries in the world, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t made its contribution to the world. El Salvador is famous for its Pupusas. If you’ve never had one, you need to run out right now and order one, if that’s possible in your neighborhood. Pupusas are made of cornflower and are fried in oil. The crusty corn part is very good, but the best part is the fact that each Pupusa has something inside it. The filling can consist of white cheese, beans, chicken, or pork. And sometimes they are a combination of these ingredients.

The El Salvadorans douse the Pupusa with a form of slaw smothered with hot tomato sauce and finally pork rinds are laid on top. I’m always amazed at how they can fry them up without the innards spilling all over the place.

Back to Nicaragua. (You can get a tutor from Nicaragua.) The foods that are served in Nicaragua are all very good, but there is a plate that is especially delicious and it’s called Indio Viejo. This dish consists of beef (most likely flank steak) but after the beef is cooked, it’s immersed in a corn meal gravy-like mixture. Whatever they do to make it taste so good, I’m sure it isn’t good for your waist line, but seriously, it’s to die for.

Another delicacy I’ve had in Nicaragua is a dessert that is sold on the streets of Managua. In a glass, they put a layer of ice in, then a layer of bread that is all mashed up, then they put a layer of caramel sauce. Then they start all over again with the ice, bread, and caramel. Since Nicaragua can be very hot and air conditioning is VERY rare, these cold concoctions taste really good. I can't remember the name of this scrumptious dish. If you know the name, make a comment below.

Naturally, learning to speak Spanish online means you’re more likely to partake of these interesting dishes.

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