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The province of Manabi Ecuador is known for its culinary specialties. Viche, sometimes spelled, Biche, soothes the palate with a pureed peanut based fish and lemon juice stock. Packed with fresh in-season vegetables, shrimp and/or fish, viche also comes with green-plantain ”balls” that patiently wait to be discovered at the bottom of the bowl! The customary garnish of cilantro adds color and flavor! Almost always, fresh lemon juice and aji (hot sauce) are served on the side. Continue reading