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GatsbyGirl Nov 13, 2009 08:21 AM

What is your favorite South American dish?

4238 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

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    hazelhurst Nov 13, 2009 11:21 AM

    I'm confused...do you mean "souther dish" as in USA? Or do you mean "South American" as in, say, La Paz? I suppose it should be the former if the query is on this board but I am merely wondering.....

    yours in a state of perpetual confusion....

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    1. re: hazelhurst
      small h Nov 13, 2009 02:57 PM

      I vote for Latin America, rather than the American South. But the restaurant link is for...a Latin American restaurant in the American South! So I join you in perpetual confusion.

      And, @ the OP, arepas.

      1. re: small h
        lagatta Nov 13, 2009 04:42 PM

        But one of the most populous Latin American countries is Mexico, in NORTH America! (Not to mention that the dominant language here in Québec, north of most of the US, is a Latin tongue)...

        Bit more specifif please.

        Though I do love good empanadas...

        1. re: small h
          paulj Nov 15, 2009 08:27 AM

          Her link is to Fabians, which bills itself as 'Mexican and South American'. The owner is from Ecuador, and has traveled widely, and also talks about a Latin Fusion.

          The menu has things like
          Parillada Mixta (mixed grill) - which sounds like a Mexican-Argentine fusion (beans, tortilla and chimichurri)
          Lomo Saltado - Peruvian stir fry
          Roast pork - Ecuadorian style http://laylita.com/recipes/2008/01/05/hornado-de-chancho-roasted-pork-leg/
          Ecuadorian empanadas http://laylita.com/recipes/category/a...

          'The South American Table' is a relatively new (2003) cookbook that covers the South American end of this cooking, also from the perspective of a well-traveled Ecuadorian.

      2. Sam Fujisaka Nov 14, 2009 10:59 AM

        That really is an enigmatic question.

        If the question regards South American (NOT including Mexico and Central/Meso America) dishes:

        1. Peru: anticuchos, smoked capybara (ronsoco/majas) from the Amazon, ceviche (w/ chicha morada; Amazon), roast cuy (Andes), and tamales

        2. Brasil: feijoada, manicoba, and moqueca

        3. Bolivia: saltenas/empanadas, saise, roasted whole goat, Andean cheeses

        4. Colombia: ajiaco, pan de yuca

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        1. re: Sam Fujisaka
          kubasd Nov 14, 2009 08:40 PM

          i was waiting for your response sam. I love saltenas, i miss the bolivian restaurant i used to live near that made the best I've had

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          GatsbyGirl Nov 14, 2009 11:30 AM

          I should have been more clear. i meant Mexican/Latin American food.

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          1. re: GatsbyGirl
            Sam Fujisaka Nov 14, 2009 11:40 AM

            Then I have to switch to: tamales, enchiladas, chiles rellenos, mondongo, mole(s), tacos, ... and so much more

            1. re: GatsbyGirl
              lagatta Nov 15, 2009 05:25 AM

              Except that Mexico is not in South America, and there is all of Central America in between.

              1. re: lagatta
                small h Nov 15, 2009 05:35 AM

                True, but if you start splitting hairs about that, it might occur to you that this question is already almost impossibly broad. Try replacing "South American" with "European" and see what you come up with!

                1. re: lagatta
                  Sam Fujisaka Nov 15, 2009 06:08 AM

                  lagatta, the OP is unconcerned about our regional differentiations and is just interested, it appears, in Latin American food from the US-Mexico border down to Tierra del Fuego.

                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                    Ruth Lafler Nov 18, 2009 11:56 AM

                    Mmmmmm ... king crab and Patagonian spring lamb grilled over a wood fire in Tierra del Fuego.

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                      Sam Fujisaka Nov 18, 2009 01:07 PM


              2. DallasDude Nov 14, 2009 11:58 AM

                There are certain places and events I feel one must soak in during life's journey. Certainly Bunol's Tomato Festival where truckloads of the fruit are sacrificed. The colorful Hindu springtime festival, Holi (the Indians have a festival practically daily). And without question the nine-day festival of San Fermín in Pamplona and the very famous bull run.

                But on point with the OP and food related, to be sure, a visit to the seaside town of Huacho, Peru will inspire some and infuriate others. I am speaking of the Huacho Guinea Pig Festival. Lots of singing and dancing and a famous coy fashion show where the winners are paraded, and the losers are baked, broil, roasted or fried to a tenderness only this rodent could attain.

                1. pikawicca Nov 14, 2009 07:21 PM

                  A year ago, I was gadding about the Chilean countryside and had the most amazing eel dish.

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                    Ruth Lafler Nov 18, 2009 12:00 PM

                    Lots of good seafood in Chile, as you might expect from a country where nowhere is more than 150 miles from the ocean!

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                      pikawicca Nov 18, 2009 02:33 PM

                      I had the best eel dish in Chile, ever.

                  2. Passadumkeg Nov 18, 2009 04:01 PM

                    Majadito, a charasco and good ol' chicharon w/ a big pitcher of chicha, sopa de mani, pollo a la broasted, quinoa and papalisa.

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                    1. re: Passadumkeg
                      Sam Salmon Nov 18, 2009 05:35 PM

                      Mexico-Dorado al mojo de ajo.

                      Central America-Pupusas

                      South America-Ceviche and then Pizza-not for the crust so much but for the Cheese.

                    2. Cancuk Nov 19, 2009 12:07 AM

                      Roast Cuy - Ecuador

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                        Passadumkeg Nov 19, 2009 01:45 AM

                        Cuy! Cuy! Cuy! What a great onomopoedic name!
                        Roasted cow udder and iguana.
                        I love the irony of eating piranas.

                        1. re: Passadumkeg
                          Sam Fujisaka Nov 19, 2009 02:20 AM

                          Had pirana waaaay up the Amazon in an indigenous village. Was like cold congealed snot clinging to a looooot of tiiiiiiny bones.

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                            Passadumkeg Nov 19, 2009 04:28 AM

                            I had them on the upper reaches of the Amazon in the Beni, Bolivia. Wood grilled, they were tender white meat, but boney. How did you have cappybara? I had it grilled on a big spit in the Beni as well.

                            1. re: Passadumkeg
                              Sam Fujisaka Nov 19, 2009 05:20 AM

                              We had both ronsoco and majas working in Pucallpa, Peru. The majas (much larger than cuy, smaller than capybara) we had regularly for breakfast (guiso/stewed and served with rice) at a "restaurant" on the roadside in a small settlement at the turnoff from the Pucallpa - Lima highway into the area where we were doing participatory upland rice testing with remote settler communities. The ronsoco (capybara) I bought salted and smoked in the Pucallpa market - steamed it and served it as ham.

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                        danieljdwyer Nov 19, 2009 04:35 AM

                        Given my love for starches cooked in an inedible plant material wrapper, I'd have to say hallacas. It's difficult to go through the holidays without them.

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                          Passadumkeg Nov 19, 2009 04:55 AM

                          Yuca & plantano, frijoles negro y arroz tambien por favor!

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                            paulj Nov 19, 2009 06:46 AM

                            fruits - narajilla, maracuya
                            seco de chivo (goat stew), sopa de patas

                          2. JungMann Nov 19, 2009 07:47 AM

                            If we're talking South American, I'm going to have to go with Chilean empanadas and Argentine asado, especially their morcilla. If we include Mexico and all of Latin America, then I have to switch to tortas and perhaps mixiote.

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