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For #FoodieFriday this week from Riobamba, Ecuador, we're trying the local specialty found only in this region: “ceviche de chochos!”
But there is no fish in this ceviche. We’re in the Andes after all, so local ingredients are used instead of fresh seafood found along the coast.
This ceviche has a tomato sauce base with cucumber and onion, not too dissimilar from Spanish gazpacho. Then comes the chochos, a protein-rich bean grown throughout the Andes that we quite enjoy.
It’s eaten as a breakfast meal here in Riobamba and some shops close up by noon. So we made a morning run into a joint with a steady local following to order a few bowls, at $1.50 each, and were given an option to have this local specialty “con cuero” (with leather) or “con oreja” (with ear).
With neither sounding particularly appealing, we went with the leather. We try to approach local cuisine with an open mind, but the thick rubbery pig skin floating around in the otherwise delicious cold soup was a bit much for us. We couldn’t take it. 🤮
Yet we did find the base of the ceviche de chocho to be really good. A bit of hot sauce, a squeeze of lime, some popcorn for a crunch all really brightens up the tomato sauce with beans. It results in a tasty medley of flavors that's at its best when we could eat around those big leather chunks. Lesson learned. Next time we'll know to plead for our ceviche de chocho “sin carne” (without meat) to better enjoy this local specialty. 🤣 ... See MoreSee Less
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I don't think I could have eaten around that. Maybe just scoop them out and cover them up. But I probably would have just lost my appetite...LOL
Fyi....The ear is much tender than the hoof! 😂
Yummy SO good!
Did you try encebollado de pescado (fish with onions) in Guayaquil??? is the best