Traveller Stories: Lisa in Ecuador

Traveller Stories: Lisa in Ecuador


Lisa was seeking authentic ceviche while in Ecuador, and was determined to have some. Here’s her story:

“I had just finished shopping for a Galapagos souvenir, when I saw it; an advertisement for ceviche. I had to catch my ride back to my vessel, should I attempt the order and risk being late? Yes!

There really isn’t an exact translation for ceviche in English. I always refer to it as a “shrimp cocktail”. Backpacking for about 15 years now, I have tried ceviche in any country that makes and sells it! It holds a pretty high priority for me.

A correctly prepared ceviche includes red onion, tomatoes, green pepper, raw shrimp (shellfish, fish or combination), lime juice, spices, some ketchup (yes, you read correctly), a splash of orange juice, hot sauce and coriander. Chifles (thinly sliced plantain), popcorn or toasted maize should accompany the dish.

In the end, I got my Galapagueño ceviche and caught my ride in time. It’s the best ceviche I have had yet!”

Ecuador ceviche

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