Hey fellow adventures! I know food blogs are normally one of the last blogs that I do but because I already know the week leading up to Christmas is going to be crazy, I decided to post this now. And if you try any of these recipes, let me know! Tell me what you think!
But first, Ecuadorian Dining Etiquette:
- When invited to someone’s house, never arrive on time. Always arrive at least one hour late.
- Dress up a little bit, as this shows the host respect.
- Always use utensils, even when eating fruit! The fork goes in your left hand and the knife in your right.
- Guests get served first.
- It is polite to leave a small amount of food on your plate, or drink in your glass when you’re finished eating.
- Meals are social occasions and can last a long time. I read that it’s not unheard of for a meal that starts at 8 PM, to finish at 5 AM. Remind me to never go to a legit Ecuadorian dinner.
- The host typically makes the first toast. Always hold your drink to the one being toasted to.
- Lastly, this isn’t really etiquette, but Ecuadorians aren’t use to women drinking hard liquor. That doesn’t mean they can’t, but you might get a strange look. On a related note, if you’re in Ecuador, try Spirit of Ecuador. So sweet! So yummy!!!! Looks like this:
Ecuadorian dishes are heavily meat and seafood based but my husband and I don’t eat meat, so seafood it is! So for the main dish, I made Ecuadorian shrimp with coconut sauce. It’s so good! I could be biased cause I love almost anything with coconut milk but seriously, it’s one of the best shrimp dishes I’ve ever had! We made it less spicy by using pasta sauce instead of the tomato-based sauce it mentioned. If you’re not good with spicy food like me, you can do that too.
And since this was Ecuador, naturally I needed a plantain dish. The dish is called Maduro with cheese (see pic above). It’s baked plantain with cheese melted in the middle. It was good but a little plain. Everyone else who ate this really loved it though.
For a side dish I made menestra, which I read is Ecuadorian’s national side dish. Whether or not that’s true, it’s definitely a popular dish so I had to make it! That said, I personally haven’t eaten it yet because I’ve been having stomach issues. But everyone who did eat it, said it was super yummy but a little spicy. So if I don’t get around to eating this batch, I’m definitely going to make it again, though maybe with less spices.
And then we paired our dinner with beer. My husband researched Ecuadorian beer and we couldn’t get any of the brands that came up. But he said that according to his research they love pilsner, so we found this lime pilsner. Once again, stomach issues prevented me from partaking in this lovely beverage but those who drank it, really liked it. Very lime-y!
And then for dessert, we made espumillas, which I read is sometimes referred to as “Ecuadorian ice cream.” Ecuadorians need to eat other countries’ ice cream. Doesn’t have to be ice cream from the United States. Just eat real ice cream. I didn’t like the espumilla. None of us could even finish our portions. I mean looking back at the recipe, I should have expected what came. But eating this recipe reminded me of how much I hate meringues. If you like meringues, you’ll like this recipe. But if you’re like me, and you hate them, DON’T EAT THIS!
If you’re interested in making any of these, check out the recipes I followed:
Well that’s it for this post! Do you have a favorite Ecuadorian dish to make? Let me know in a comment below! Thank you so much for reading my blog! And as always, until our next adventure!