El Salvador Through My Eyes
Welcome to our new installment, "El Salvador Through My Eyes" where Salvadoran school children share with you some of their favorite things about their country.
Good Eats in El Salvador
By Hae In Kim
El Salvador is known for its tropical climate, beaches, traditional festivals and most importantly, food. When coming to this country, one of the most important things that you definitely must do is eat the traditional, exquisite food this country has to offer. Foods like pupusas, riguas, yucas and tamales are certainly worth eating. The traditional pupusas, for example, are corn tortillas stuffed with cheese, refried beans, loroco and several other ingredients you can choose from. Pupusas are made by combining corn or rice flour with water and kneading the dough until it is smooth. You then take a small amount of the dough, make a ball with a hole inside where you will put the ingredients you desire. Then you fold it, flatten it out and give it a round shape. Afterwards, you cook it on both sides on a preheated comal which resembles a grill. Once it is done, serve it with curtido which is made of shredded cabbage mixed with vinegar and a special tomato sauce. The outcome is a delicious, cheesy pupusa.
Another appetizing food from this very small country is the tamale which is also made out of corn. There are several types of tamales, some are sweet, some are salty. The sweet ones have prunes and diced potatoes inside the sweet corn dough. The salty ones have chicken and olives inside and they are wrapped in banana or plantain leaves and steamed. When it is cooked, take out the leaves and enjoy.