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Travel Guide: El Salvador Food & Drink

12th Oct 2011 2:01am | By Editor

Beans, rice and the ever-present pupusa tortillas.

Food

Pupusas

El Salvador's most notable dish is the pupusa. They're thick hand-made corn tortillas stuffed with either soft Salvadoran cheese such as quesillo con loroco, ground pork and tomato, refried beans or vegetables. You'll find them on every street corner and in every restaurant. While they're tasty, pupusas can become a bit bland after a few days on the trot and they're not the best for your waistline either.

Staples

A typical meal in El Salvador, like you’ll find in much of Central America, includes rice, beans, tortillas, grilled chicken or beef, and a salad.

Other specialties

Other typical El Salvadoran cuisine includes yuca frita, a meal of deep-fried cassava root served with pickled cabbage, onion, carrot and either pork rinds or fried sardines. Pan con chumpe is also common. It's essentially a warm turkey sandwich, with the meat marinated and then roasted.

Drink

Alcohol

Popular beers in El Salvador include Imperial and Salva Vida.

Water

Like much of Central America, the tap water quality can be poor so it is recommended to drink bottled water, which is cheap and available everywhere.