Food in Honduras
In Honduras there are several options for eating out. In the principal
towns and cities you can find a wide variety of restaurants with varying
price ranges. The larger cities also have international options as
well as local eateries. The less expensive places are known as comedores.
People can also buy cheap snacks on the street and in the markets,
such as fruit and grilled corn. The different regions of Honduras
have a variety of particular specialties.
The standard breakfast in Honduras is a plate of eggs, normally scrambled,
tortillas, cheese and ham, which is highly fulfilling. For those wanting
a more western option, breakfasts such as cornflakes are available.
One of the most common foods, which can be found all over the country
is the baleada, a white flour tortilla filled with beans, cheese,
and cream. Baleadas are sold on the numerous snack vendors lining
the streets, an inexpensive and fulfilling snack, several baleadas
could constitute a meal. Many of the street vendors also sell Tajadas,
which is fried plantain.
A more imaginative dish in Honduras is the delicious Pinchos, a shish
kebab, which is skewered and then grilled with plenty of vegetables.
This meal is served with an anafre, this is a heated clay pot filled
with beans, cheese and cream, great accompanied with toasted tortillas.
Honduras cannot avoid the temptation for the freshly caught seafood
on the North Coast and on the Bay Islands. Lobster, shrimp and conch
are always found on the menu in a selection of different dishes. Sopa
de Caracol is one of the dishes and is a conch soup made with coconut
milk, potatoes and sometimes a hint of curry. In many of the Garifuna
villages along the North Coast locals grill red snapper accompanied
with rice and vegetables.
The national dish of Honduras is Plato Tipico, a plate of food with
many accompaniments including beef, the stable diet of the country,
fried plantain, beans, marinated cabbage, sour cream, and plenty of
tortillas on the side.
The main and stable diet in Honduras consists of meat, and there
are options for vegetarians however few. The most easily available
dish would be rice, beans and cooked vegetables.
The Honduran people are also very enthusiastic about fast food. Many
of the fast food chains from the United States have made their way
to Honduras, primarily in the big cities.
The flavors of Honduras offer the visitor a variety of eating options
and just another reason to visit and explore this wonderful country.
By Lowri Gilbert
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