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Virtual Traveler: The 7 Snacks You Must Eat in Ecuador's Otavalo Market

4. Obleas

Though this isn't a traditional Ecudorian snack, you'll find obleas in most Andean countries. They are thin wafers (like crepes) filled with chocolate, marmalade, or manjar (also known as dulce de leche), making it a super-sweet snack.

5. Higos dulce con queso fresco

If you are not used to combining sweet and savory in one bite, this may sound odd: figs with fresh cheese (right). The figs are soaked and subsequently cooked in miel de panela with cinnamon, cloves, and other spices. It's a typical dessert of Ecuador but here on the market, you can also find it served on bread. 

6. Fruit

Ecuador is a fruit country and because of its diversity in landscapes – coast, highlands, and Amazon rainforest – the choice is abundant. Take your pick from mangos, bananas, pineapples, chirimoyas, tumbos, or guyabas. Many types of fruit are commonly sold from wheelbarrows, so just flag down a vendor and enjoy.

7. Llapingachos

Llapingachos are made of mashed potatoes and are like fritters with a surprise filling (like rellenos de papa). If they're tortillas de papa, they may be served as a side dish with a meat dish or eaten as a snack. Or they may be filled with cheese and onion or scallions, and may be prepared in a frying pan or on a hot griddle. Like most classic recipes, everyone has their own interpretation. 

 

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