While traveling, given the choice between a fancy restaurant and street food, I’m going for street food…that is if my stomach can handle it. (It usually can. I’m lucky to have a strong stomach).
I LOVE street food! It’s just a great way to try real, typical and non-pretentious food.
It’s also a fantastic way to connect with the locals, learn about the culture and do some people-watching. You see people finishing work, families eating together, neighbours gossiping about the latest news in the area. There’s just so much life to it!
Here are few picks of some delicious street food I’ve tasted while travelling in El Salvador.
Woman in El Salvador making pupusas, a dough usually stuffed with cheese (“quesillo”) and refried beans but can also include a number of different ingredients like chicharron, chicken, zucchini, etc. These were made with rice flour, a recipe originally from the city of Olocuilta. Most pupusas are made with corn flour.
Pupusas…almost ready to eat!
Curtido is fermeted cabage with chilies, served with the pupusas. Some places also have curtidos with cauliflower, carrots and onions. Great way to add some kick to the pupusas!
Loroco: edible flower buds that are often used in pupusas.
Fried yuca (cassava or manioc). Love this stuff!
Sweet bread in a shape of a “garrobo”, a lizard in the same family as the iguana.
Street food also includes all the wonderful fruit available locally. These little girls are selling “jocote” a fruit in the cashew family. Also known as “ciruela”. The redder the fruit, the riper and sweeter it is.
“Riguas”: A desert made with sweet corn flour, cooked in banana leaves
And yes, street food also includes street alcohol. Can’t quite remember what kind of drink this man served us. It must have been good then, right?!