Eating



Pupusas
, stuffed tortillas made of corn or ricemeal, are the quintessential Salvadorian dish. They come in several varieties including
chicharrón
(pork crackling),
queso
(cheese) and
revueltas
(mixed), and are typical, tasty and cheap. They are sold at street stalls, and are better there than at restaurants, but beware stomach infection from the accompanying
curtido
(pickled cabbage). On Saturday and Sunday nights people congregate in
pupuserías
.
Pavo
(turkey sandwiches) is common and good, as are
frijoles
(red beans). A
boca
is an appetizer, a small dish of yucca, avocado or chorizo, served with a drink before a meal. Apart from in San Salvador, restaurants tend to close early, around 2000.

Coffee
makes an excellent souvenir and is good value and delicious.
Beer
Suprema
is stronger than Pilsener, while
Golden Light
is a reduced-alcohol beer.
Chaparro
is El Salvador's
chicha
or
agua ardiente
. Although it is illegal to sell it, everyone has their source.
Chaparro curado
contains fruit or honey. It is a favourite at election times when alcohol sales are banned. Water bottles are emptied and filled with the clear
chaparro
for illegal swigging on the streets. Chicha is a traditional alcoholic drink made from corn, sometimes with a trace of pineapple. When made well it can taste similar to white wine. It is a trademark of the Maya and is particularly well made in the western village of Izalco. Ask at the tourist office there for a Chicha contact to purchase a sample.

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