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Guatemalan Cuisine - Part 2

Guatemala’s Cuisine has many traditional dishes, all of them have similarities but each one is unique at the same time.


Guatemala doesn't have an official national dish. But as ingredients to many recipes in Guatemala, you will find corn (this is not the sweet corn know in United States). Having it in form of a ‘tortilla’ is a must on every dining table in Guatemala. For example, a traditional breakfast in Antigua Guatemala is to have two or three tortillas, wrapped in cloth to keep them warm. Black beans (frijoles in Spanish, this is another Mayan staple), which are sever mashed-fried (know as ‘volteados’ in Spanish) or whole (known as ‘enteros ‘ or ‘parados’), eggs, fresh cheese and bananas.

Another traditional breakfast in Guatemala is to have ‘tamalitos’ (tamalitos are also served as desserts), which is another type of Tamale, but smaller.

Unlike many European or American customs to serve entrance, main course and dessert at different times, in Guatemala all the food will be served and present on the table at once.

If you are staying in Guatemala at a family-home stay, or if you are invited to a private home, you could bring a present as appreciation to the invitation, but do not bring food of any kind, for it is not well seen.

When visiting Guatemala and Antigua Guatemala, if you wish to learn and taste the best traditional cuisine, the ideal scenario would be at a traditional guatemalan family home, but if that is not the case, then the best and most economic option is to find it at the traditional market or small restaurants. Antigua Guatemala has many around town. But we wouldn't recommend street stalls for hygiene reasons.

Note : Antigua Guatemala has lots of international cuisine restaurants, like french, italian and japanese, among others.

Finally, if you are traveling to the Caribbean coast of Guatemala, you can enjoy the Garifuna food, like Coco Loco, Topado and the famous Ceviche (seafood cocktail).




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