Ecuador has an exceptional geographic location. Having its coast to the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by Peru and by Colombia, and having different altitudes in its country, part of it in the Amazon forest, the diversity in climates and cultures adds to the diversity in its food.Food in Ecuador has a great variation between the different regions of the country. The Andean region has one style, the mountain people another and the coast people another. Each one having delicious dishes, and because if its very fertile land, it has an enormous amount of fruits and vegetables.
Also, it shows us three very different styles in cooking.Different from other South American countries, people in the Ecuadorian cities don't go home for lunch, they eat just something near their working places, and though they have breakfast, lunch and dinner, this last one is their main meal.Their dinner almost always includes a soup. Ecuador is famous for its soups. They are also famous for the seafood, and their vegetables. Potatoes, of course, are an important part of their diet, as well as their delicious variety of exotic fruits.
The food in Ecuador is varied, according to the different regions.In the mountain regions, we will find pork, chicken, potatoes, and grains -corn and rice- and plenty of fruits. By the coast we have all kinds of fishes, shrimps, lobsters, soups. And south of the mountains, we have another kind of food, including ceviche, made with shrimps, pork, a banana soup, and delicious desserts.
There's no limit on what we can find to eat in Ecuador. Their fruits, their vegetables and their fishes are all extremely good and make your mouth want more and more of those delicacies. They add to all this, a special sauce, called "aji", which is a hot sauce, and you can decide if you use it or not. But any dish is tasty enough without it!In addition to all this, the Ecuadorian chocolate is just wonderful! In Europe, mostly in Italy, they just adore this chocolate!If we were to summarize what the food in Ecuador is, we could say, they eat plenty of sea food, beef, chicken, pork.
They eat potatoes cooked in many different ways, rice, corn, many vegetables and many different fruits. Soups are almost a must in each dinner. And all this prepared using their wonderful spices! Ecuadorians are used to exquisite desserts, but, most of all, delicious chocolate!