Eating like an Ecuadoran

Eating like an Ecuadoran

Craig is on his way back to the States.

soup popcorn

He joked that when he gets to the office he’s going to hand someone $3 and ask them to get him some lunch… with soup, a steak, rice, fresh-squeezed juice, and dessert.

I just splurged on a $4 lunch that had all that. I’m still learning how to eat like an Ecuadoran; I may never love chunks of cheese in my hot chocolate. But I’ve finally got the soups figured out.

1) The pieces of potato that seem woody aren’t potato. They’re yuca root.

2) The orange things that aren’t carrots are pumpkin!

3) If the waitress brings a little plate of popcorn with your soup (like with my cream of carrot today) you are supposed to put it in there, like oyster crackers! This is surprisingly wonderful.

4) The soup isn’t bland. You’re supposed to stir the aji (oniony, garlicky, hot saucey goodness) that’s sitting on the table in there. I stir in enough to make me sniffle a little. It’s wonderful, and every cook has his/her own secret recipe.

I’m still not certain about the ettiquette for handling bone-in chicken or on-the-cob corn that appear in one’s soup, but fingers seem like a necessity at some point.


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  • Debbie Carter

    August 23, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    It all sounds pretty yummy to me.

  • li

    August 23, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I have always enjoyed popcorn and pretzels in soup, never ate crackers. Cheese in hot chocolate, no way. I do enjoy both but not together. I adore pumpkin soup. I consider it comfort food.

  • somra elnubia

    August 23, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    enjoy lauren, wish I was somewhere

  • Lauren

    August 23, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    At first we thought maybe the cheese was supposed to melt or something… but no. Just slimy hunks of cheese that you fish back out with your spoon. I’m like you, I’ll eat my cheese on the side, please! But the popcorn in soup.. yummmm!

  • Lauren

    August 23, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Awww I hope you can go somewhere fun soon, Somra!

  • Lauren

    August 23, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    It is!

  • Patricia

    August 24, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Yucca root sounds different! How woody is it? And it sounds like are you on your own for now. How long before Craig rejoins you? And where to next????

  • Lauren

    August 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    yucca is like a fibrous potato in soup (imagine potato crossed with celery). Craig is at home taking care of business for the next couple of weeks, but I leave for Cusco, Peru this weekend!

    I’m having trouble with my keyboard but as soon as it’s fixed I’ll be posting quite a bit more. I have a lot to say but it’s hard to blog right now!

  • Cookie Shaw

    August 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    No!!! just give me some chicken wings lol…