Nearing the end of the alphabet, Frizztext’s story challenge for this week is for the letter “V.” How lucky I am to live in the province of Manabi, home to an amazing culinary specialty we know as ‘viche.’ Also spelled, “biche,” this hearty seafood soup combines a variety of fresh vegetables, ripe and unripe plantains in a unique peanut-based broth.
Rather than making a poor attempt at describing how this soup is made, I am steering you to Laylita, who shares amazing recipes from her home country of Ecuador! Her version of biche can be found HERE.
Although I have never made viche, I enjoy sampling and comparing the different versions between the local restaurants. Some have chunks of fresh fish; others have shrimp; a few are packed with fish, shrimp and perhaps a small lobster! Ah, perusing the photos makes me suddenly hungry for another serving!
As I finish this post, the first true rain dances across the roof of the riverhouse! The dry season comes to an end, and the rainy season slowly begins! Yes, a comforting bowl of viche pairs well with the sound of rainfall!