Bolivia Food And Drinks
What to eat in Bolivia?
One of the best parts of traveling is to try to sample different food. Eat like the locals eat will give you instantly a sense what a country or even just a city is all about. I do have to admit that I'm a very picky eater but I would take a bite off basically anything. Well almost ;)!
In this article I will describe different kind of foods, fruits and give you a great tip on where you can eat cheap! How does filling your belly for 1 Dollar sound?
We spent 3 month in Bolivia sampling a lot of different food in restaurants, in markets and from street stands. And this is what we liked and recommend.
The Bolivian Chirimoya - So Sweet!
I'm not saying that Bolivia is the only country where you can get Chirimoyas (Spain, Sri Lanka are some other places) but I must say the Chirimoya fruits I have eaten in Bolivia are the best. And the best market to your Chirimoya fix the market in Sucre. Fresh, huge, sweet and cheap.
Eating a Chirimoya is easy! Cut the fruit into half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Don't eat the seeds!
Pique a lo Macho - Can you finish a plate?
This is probably my most favorite Bolivian Dish. So filling, rich and yummy and it's a real belly burster. A lot of restaurants serve you a portion which can fill two people. That's why you will see a lot of people sharing a plate.
Found out the ingredients of this dish here: Pique a lo Macho
ChicharrÃ³n - Pig Kettle
ChicharrÃ³n is probably the fovorite dish of Bolivians and people claim you will get the best ChicharrÃ³n served in Cochabamba. We had ChicharrÃ³n several times and loved it. I can't always eat it but it's yummy and nothing for vegetarians. Wondering what ChicharrÃ³n is? Well it's basically Kettle cooked piglet. Done!
A similar dish to ChicharrÃ³n is: Fricassé
Sopa de Mani - Peanut Butter Soup of Heaven
I could eat Sopa de Mani every single day. If you see it in a restaurant get it. It's so yummy and filling and you will have the most amazing flavor in your mouth for the rest of the day.
Also yummy: Bolivian Hangover Dish
Api Morado & Pasteles - Breakfast
This is the ultimate breakfast combination. Api is a drink made of sweet corn which almost always comes a long with fried dough called pasteles. This is the ultimate Bolvia experience. You will find these breakfast places at markets, on Sundays just set on sidewalks and at festivals. We had our first Api and Pasteles after celebrating the Aymara New Year in Tiwanaku.
Making Pasteles for your Api - Not just Fun to Watch
Chicha - The Bolivian Party Drink
We got to love and hate Chicha. It's a homemade brew and drunk in ChicherÃas or during festivals. If you drink too much you will upset your stomach but if at a festival you will get offered to drink Chicha every minute or so and refusing it is very impolite and upsetting a drunk Bolivian is a bad idea. If you ask me in the comments I will share the secret on how they make Chicha.
Why we have a love hate relationship? Read here: Too Much Chicha
How you can Eat for 1 Dollar - The Secret
Now .... here is the deal! After your stomach adjusted to the local food you should try eating at the markets. You will get a stew or soup, main dish for only 1 - 2 Dollars! Choose a popular stand, there is a reason why others are less popular!
The probably best market food we had was at the Mercado in Sucre
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