One of the things tourists and expats enjoy seeing in Cuenca Ecuador is the street food.
And The Winners Are…
There are a number of different things sold as street food in Cuenca, like salchipapas (french fries with a sausage/wiener on top,) bags of fruit or coconut slices, and the pastel colored meringue with sprinkles on top.
But when it comes to street food two items rise above all others as attention grabbers: the pork and cuy.
Roasted Cuy and Pork
Freshly Roasted Cuy on a Stick
Avenida Don Bosco is a good place to see the pork and cuy for sale, that’s where the pictures for this post were taken. This food stand smells amazing. They sell some yummy looking side dishes to go along with the rich meat.
We have tried the cuy and it was good. We haven’t tried the pork yet but it smells amazing!
The pork at the food stands looks cooked but it isn’t. Usually the skin is browned up with a blowtorch to remove the hair and then rubbed in oil or butter and browned up again. As customers come by the vendor will cut off the slice they want and cook it for them at the food stand or give it to them to cook at home.
Normally the pig is prepared the way shown in these photos but we have seen the pork prepared differently. Sometimes the pig is stretched out on a large grill. The grill is rotated above a huge BBQ until the meat is fully cooked
Have you tried the pork or cuy? What did you think of it? Please share your thoughts by commenting on this post.