All about El Salvador food and drink, from breakfasts to beverages:
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Breakfast in El Salvador:
El Salvador Meals:
Other El Salvador meals:
Pupusas: thick corn tortillas stuffed with cheese, meat, squash, and/or other fillings.
Empanadas: flour pastries filled with meat, potatoes and/or cheese. In El Salvador, "empanadas" can also refer to a dessert: fried plantains stuffed with sweet cream.
Tamales: boiled pockets of corn dough, stuffed with meat or sweet corn and served in banana leaves.
Sopa de Pata: a popular soup made from corn, plantains, tripe and cow's feet.
Snacks & Sides in El Salvador:
Pacalla: palm flowers breaded in cornmeal, fried and served with tomato sauce.
Platanos fritos: deep-fried plantains.
Curtido: a spicy, vinegar-based condiment made from cabbage, carrots and other veggies. Much like sauerkraut.
El Salvador Desserts:
Pastelitos: pasty turnovers, stuffed with sweets like custard, jam or caramelized fruit.
Semita: coffee cake with guava or pineapple jam.
Beverages in El Salvador:
Where to Eat & What You'll Pay:
El Salvador food is varied, delicious, and fast in its own right. However, U.S. citizens hungry for American fast food can find it in restaurant franchises like Pizza Hut, Burger King, Wendy's and Subway populating El Salvador's largest cities. In turn, pupuserias and other El Salvador restaurants are cropping up in the U.S. I enjoyed a fantastic lunch of sweet corn tamales, squash blossom pupusas, and fried yucca at a tiny restaurant in San Francisco. Better than a Big Mac, that's for sure!
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