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P1510186 CRUZITA ATUN Y BOATSCruzita Ecuador –  What’s on the menu?  Fresh tuna!

Pulling up the rear, I am sending this while in transit to Guayaquil. Internet options are poor, and I am able to grab a signal by standing beside the window of my hotel while balancing the laptop in one hand and pecking these words with the other! Frizztext’s story challenge “E” is indeed a challenge tonight!  Thanks for some great comments; replying and commenting are fruiutless tasks as well! I will ‘send’ this & see you in a few days!

The Necessities for Encebollado:  Chifles (Fried Plantain Strips) Fresh Lemon Juice

Cruzita: Locals recommend Restaurant Omega-3 for their highly-popular encebollado, complete with chifles (Fried Plantain Strips), fresh lemon juice and optional cervesa.

Typical Table Setting for Encebollado

Bahia de Caraquez/Ecuador – Typical Table Setting for Encebollado

Many people enjoy adding a few more shakes of fresh lemon juice.

Many people enjoy adding a few more shakes of fresh lemon juice.

Encebollado recipes varies, but the all contain finely-sliced onions and fresh tuna.

Encebollado recipes vary, but all contain finely-sliced onions and fresh tuna.

Encebollado - Restaurant Picanderia Omega 3 - Cruzita Ecuador

Encebollado – Restaurant Picanderia Omega 3 – Cruzita Ecuador

Encebollado at weekend-only sidewalk restaurant

One restaurant in Jama specializes in encebollado on weekends.

P1590439 encebollado dining P1550643 ENCEBOLLADO TABLEMATES The marine-rich Humbolt current flows from Chile and Peru past Ecuador then swirls counterclockwise along the line of the equator.  Those fish-rich currents provide the fishing industry with bountiful daily catches.    The local restaurants pass along that bounty in many culinary options, and the province of Manabi (Ecuador) is well known for its encebollado.

Not everyone loves encebollado!  I sometime I think they’ve already made up their mind before sampling their first taste of this unique ‘fish soup’!  Cooked tuna is ladled into bowls of richly flavored stock and topped with a dollop of finely-sliced marinated onions.   Optional diced cilantro and extra shakes of lemon juice  and aji (hot chili peppers/sauce) jazz up the taste buds for the day!   Crisp rounds of chifles are typically served on the side.

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What would one expect to pay for a bowl of chunky tuna soup?  $1.50 is the normal price for a small bowl, which is usually more than I can handle!

More soon, when internet options are better!

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