There was one place where everyone told me to steer clear of the local street food and that was when I travelled through South America. But, being the kind of person that I am, I completely forgot this advice as soon as the smells wafted from those small carts on the side of the road. Here’s some of the best street fare I found along the way.
After consuming way too much meat for my liking, hitting the coast of Peru was a refreshing change and here I found one of the freshest foods of my entire South American odyssey – ceviche. This is a seafood dish where the fresh, raw fish is ‘cooked’ in the marinade, which is a simple mix of lime juice and chili. Simple but tastes amazing! You’ll find this in street stalls, food markets and restaurants all across the country. Try as you might, you won’t be able to avoid anticuchos
though. The smell as the meat is seared over Andean hotplates is divine.
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trip where you can enjoy cooking demonstrations, make local dishes, taste local produce and enjoy an evening of Peruvian gastronomy.
Empanadas are an Argentinian staple and you could easily live off these while you’re there. With a variety of fillings, from meat and cheese to vegetables, you could have a different one each day of the week and honestly never get tired of them. You’ll find that the street stalls will generally deep fry these but bakeries and restaurants will offer baked versions. These are South American comfort food at its best. For those with a sweet tooth, try dulce de leche
– Argentinians are particular obsessed with these sweet and creamy confections.
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Pao de queijo
is a popular cheese bread from the southeast of Brazil which is gaining popularity as a street food throughout the rest of the country. In keeping with the cheesy theme, vendors on Rio de Janeiro’s beaches hawk queijo coalho
, grilled cheese on sticks that are barbequed right there in front of you. My favourite was the tapioca omelette – a light pancake filled with all sorts of sweet or savoury fillings. You can’t go wrong with a simple ham and cheese filling and for dessert, try the coconut and condensed milk.
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The one food guaranteed to have people crowding around food carts in Venezuela is arepas
. A bit like pita bread, it is baked then crammed with any number of tasty fillings from cheese to grilled meats, fish, ham or vegetables.
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While tamales are a favourite all over South America, they’re a bit different in Ecuador. Instead of being wrapped in a corn leaf, the Ecuadorians wrap it in a banana leaf as the indigenous people preferred the sweeter taste that the leaf infuses into the filling, even the savoury ones. These are a great and cheap snack.
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journey. Travel through the heart of the Avenue of Volcanoes and visit the charming colonial towns of Quito and Cuenca.
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