18
Feb-2013

Typical food in Guatemala

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  • Typical Plato au restaurant Travel Menu (Antigua)

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    Guacamole, pâte de beans, tortillas, nachos, poulet, boeuf ou toffu, riz et sauces.

  • Poulet, riz et légumes au El Recon Tipico (Antigua) pour 2€

  • Traditionnel poulet-beans pour 1€ en rue

  • Délicieux fajitas mexicains au Mono Loco

  • Nachos au guacamole

  • Nachos recouverts de fromage, guacamole, tomate etc.

  • Pancakes du matin

  • Délicieux cocktails et smoothies aux fruits

  • Manger en rue sur un marché

  • Les fameux tortillas

  • Le topado chez Gaby (Livingston)

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    Une soupe typique de différents poissons et crustacés, un délice pour seulement 60Q.

  • Les crevettes à l’ail de chez Gaby (Livingston)… un pur régal!

  • Noix de coco

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You will find two different types of cuisine in Guatemala: the local cuisine, inside the country, and the Garifuna cuisine, on the east Caribbean coast.

Guatemalan cuisine

We have not really been amazed by the local food. I must say that their dishes are not very varied: a typical meal consists of chicken, corn tortillas, rice, pulp of roasted beans and sometimes guacamole.
Corn tortillas come with every dish. They have a very strong taste of corn and are more consistent than the tortillas we get in other parts of the world.

You can find these dishes in tourist restaurants for about 6 € and in small restaurants on the street for 1-2 €. Do not deprive yourself of eating on the street. Even if it does not look like that, it’s as good as anywhere else and it is so much cheaper. Regarding hygiene, we had no problems.

Drink fruit shakes, you find it in all restaurants for between 1-2 € and they are delicious! You can also order nachos almost everywhere, with guacamole or covered with cheese, it’s delicious!

We found easily enough restaurants offering international cuisine, including a lot of Mexican and Italian restaurants. Do not miss the Mono Loco in Antigua for Guatemalan and Mexican cuisine (including fajitas).

GARIFUNA CUISINE

If you go to the Caribbean coast, in Livingston, you can enjoy the Garifuna food. The specialties are topado, a soup with seafood, plantains and coconut milk, and the Coco Loco, rum in a coconut fresh Coco. It is absolutely delicious! The shrimps are excellent and are cheap, so enjoy (go to Gaby restaurant for its garlic shrimp and divine topado).

You can also try to experience the Garifuna cuisine by taking cooking classes at Rasta Mesa. For a few dollars, a family welcomes you into their kitchen and shows you how Garifuna people prepare their dishes.  You can then enjoy the meal you have prepared while listening to Garifuna people playing their traditional music.

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  1. Luis Fernando Reina García-salas /

    Hi.
    I just want to add some important dishes like jocon, pepian, hilachas, the steak with chirmol, tamal, chuchito, rellenitos, Kaq ‘ik, Plátanos en MOLE, Platanos of course, Paches, tamales de chipilín with the great ceviche and many more.
    I mean there is a lot of local food but maybe you didn’t get the chance to try it all.

    These might be just the best ones. You can also taste tortillas with all the different types of corn (red, white, black and yellow corn).

    The rice and beans from livingston is also different and is a must try if you go there.

    YOUR SITE LOOKS AWESOME BY THE WAY!

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