All about Panama food and drink, from breakfasts to beverages:
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If you're traveling to Panama for the first time, you're probably curious about Panama food. Because of Panama’s diverse Spanish, American, Afro-Caribbean and indigenous influences, Panamanian cuisine ranges from the familiar to the ultra-exotic. Be sure to follow the links for savory Panama recipes and other information about Panama food and drink.
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Breakfast in Panama:
Sancocho: A Panamanian stew, packed with meat (usually chicken) and veggies.
Empanadas: Savory corn or flour pastries filled with meat, potatoes and/or cheese.
Carimanola: a fried yucca roll stuffed with meat and boiled eggs.
Tamales: boiled pockets of corn dough, stuffed with meat and served in banana leaves.
Snacks & Sides in Panama:
Plantains: in Panama, plantains come three ways. Patacones are salty fried green plantains cut crosswise; maduros are mature fried plantains (slightly sweeter); and tajadas are baked plantains cut lengthwise and sprinkled with cinnamon.
Gallo pinto: rice and beans, often mixed with pork (unlike Costa Rica gallo pinto).
Ceviche: chopped raw fish, shrimp, or conch mixed with onions, tomatoes and cilantro, and marinated in lime juice. Served with fresh tortilla chips. Popular in every coastal region.
Raspados: Panamanian snow cones, topped with sweet syrups and condensed milk.
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