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Cotton candy
Keywords: street food
In my travels, I've seen lots of street vendors, but it was the first time I saw one of cotton candy right on the sidewalk. It's also funny that the name in Spanish is almost exactly the transation of the English term. Translated word for word, it means "cotton of sugar". more...

Cuy
Keywords: street food
I had tried cuy at my last stop in Colombia, but that's really an Ecuadorian dish (and Peruvian too). So, I had to try it again here in Ecuador. I found this little BBQ stand on a street market and I tried it. Seasoning a bit different... but good too. Would you try it? more...

Ecuadorian tortillas
Keywords: street food
In Ecuador, these are what is called 'tortillas'... nothing like the Mexican standard we know. The yellow ones on the picture are corn tortillas while the white ones are wheat ones. They sometimes come filled with cheese. more...

Choclo con queso
Keywords: street food
Like Colombians, Ecuadorians like corn and you can find it in the streets. However, here you find it just boiled in salty water and served with a slice of cheese. It's an interesting mix nutrition-wise providing proteins and carbs... with a nice mix of sweet corn and salty cheese. more...

Mote con chicharron
Keywords: corn, pork, street food
All over the streets of Quito, you'll see vendors with their baskets like this offering you 'mote con chicharron'. The mote is a variety of boild corn grain. The chicharron in South America is not only the skin of the pig, but some meat/fat attached to it too. These two main ingredients are mixed up with little round potatoes and roasted corn grains. Yes, it's high on carbs, but also high on proteins. A full serving will cost you $1. I paid extra on some occasions to get more meat. more...

Huevitos
Keywords: eggs, street food
One unusual street food in Ecuador are quail eggs, usually just called "huevitos" (small eggs). There are carts in the cities offering you 5 little hard boiled eggs for 50 cents. They come in a small bag with salt, spices and a toothpick to eat them. A cheap, yummy and healthy snack. more...

Street snacks
Keywords: street food
Have you ever tried freshly made chips? I have on many occasions in Mexico and in Colombia. These are made just in front of you on the sidewalk. In Southern Colombia, the carts are making 3 types of snacks: French fries, fried banana (plantain) and (in the middle of the picture), something made from corn flour, greasy and with a vague taste of bacon. more...


Hojaldra
Keywords: street food
Hojaldras are basically like a pancake batter dripped in the deep fryer. That yields something close to a large thin donut, and it's served as is, without any topping. They have something very similar in Belize called 'Fried Jack' and it's also similar to what we have in Canada with the beaver tails (but with sweet toppings). more...

Arepa rellena
Keywords: arepa, street food
Although it is generally a street food, I had this one in a restaurant in Popayan last week. It is a big arepa filled with either chicken, beef, cheese or eggs. I had a combined with all the above. It is very popular for breakfast on the street. I do not like too much the arepas traditional, so I ate only the filling. more...

Pastel de yuca
Keywords: street food
One of the street found in Colombia is the pastel de yuca. The yuca is a root similar to the potato. In this ball, you encounter a piece of yuca wrapped in batter and fried. It'S not the most tasty snack (since yuca flavour is pretty insipid... but the frying process gives a nice texture. more...

Papa rellena
Keywords: potato, street food
One of the staple of street food in Colombia are papas rellenas (stuffed potatoes). There are a few varieties, but here's the traditional one. A ball of rice and ground meat around half an hard egg, then all wrapped into mashed potatoes and fried. I've also eaten variations with mashed potatoes instead of rice inside or with chicken instead of egg and ground meat. more...

Empanadas
Keywords: street food, traditional
One of the staple popular food in Colombia is the empanada. They are pockets filled either with beef, pork, chicken, cheese, potato or a mix of the above. Locals eat them usually with a rosy sauce (mix of ketchup and mayonnaise). more...

Kumis
Keywords: street food, yogourt
In Colombia, they like yoghurt a lot... especially in the drinkable form. Groceries have lots of varieties and flavours. But it's also a street food, with stands where you can buy home-made yoghurt, called Kumis, with a dash of cinnamon on top. more...

Elotes and esquites
Keywords: street food
One of the rare things I've seen in both North and Central Mexico so far is elotes (corn cobs). They are about the only street food that could be found anywhere. It's basically a corn on the cob that is cooked, impaled on a wooden stick and covered with garnishes. The corn is usually boiled, but some vendors BBQ it... either the naked cob directly on the grill or in the leaves. more...
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