Beyond the lush rainforests and cool surf spots of Costa Rica, you will find some of the best food dishes you can truly enjoy. This is mainly because the food scene in this country is a foodie’s delight. Delicate desserts, bountiful breakfasts, and more, there are a lot of tasty Costa Rican dishes you can savor over.
The following are some of the traditional and cultural specialties of Costa Rican cuisine which you must try the next time you visit Costa Rica:
Chorreadas con Natilla The sweet and tasty treat Chorreadas con Natilla is the best dish to feast on, particularly at breakfast time. This dish is basically blended corn-mixed pancakes that are carefully prepared with milk, oil, and fried. It’s topped with Natilla – a sour, creamy sauce. It is an inexpensive dish which is perfect for filling up on before lunch as well.
Gallo Pinto Gallo Pinto is an early day staple dish of Costa Rica which is ideal to start off your day with in this country. This black bean and rice dish is a variant of the cultural Casado dish, however it is prepared with cilantro and bell peppers. The locals feast on it during breakfast and it also goes well with eggs and plantains. Although it’s a staple breakfast dish, it is also sometimes served for lunch or dinner.
Casado Casado is probably the most requested dish in Costa Rica, particularly when it comes to lunchtime. It is a traditional Costa Rican dish that marries black beans and rice with a protein of your choice, such as grilled chicken, steamed tilapia, or slowly-cooked beef. A Costa Rican-Caribbean version of this dish is also available. It includes rice, coconut milk, and kidney beans along with fried plantains. While Casado is usually served for lunch, you can request this amazing dish for dinner as well.
Tamales Tamales are a cultural staple in Costa Rica that are excellent whether you have them as an appetizer for lunch or during a special occasion like Christmas. Made from corn flour, tamales are a delicious surprise encasing meat such as chicken or meat and vegetables, including carrots and onions.
Pejibayes In Costa, desserts are a delicacy and pejibayes are some of the most delicious desserts to find around town. This tasty snack is basically a peach palm fruit. It tastes like a potato or artichoke and squash, yet it has a certain flavor that can be addictive as well. It is topped with mayonnaise and served with coffee.
Sopa Negra Sopa Negra is a traditional Costa Rican black bean soup that is usually served when you are feeling ill. It is similar in this sense to the traditional American chicken soup. It also works great as an appetizer as it can be served with boiled rice, eggs, and tortillas.
Costa Rica has plenty of things to explore and the food it has to offer is just as thrilling to try. So, the next time you are in Costa Rica, take a chance to enjoy every bite of these cultural and traditional dishes.
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