Equator Gringos

November 10, 2007

Popcorn in your soup

Filed under: Ecuador — Tags: , , , — lstollin @ 12:34 pm

Ecuadorians are big into soup. The daily lunch specials (from $1.20 to $3.00) at every restaurant in the country start with a soup of some kind, always homemade. The other day at school I had, for the first time in my life, tomato soup that wasn’t from a can. It had a different flavor and was REALLY good. This sounds stupid, but I don’t believe I ever thought about how you would — or could — actually make tomato soup.

As in the U.S., people like to put crunchy stuff in soup before eating it. One of most popular items to dump in your soup here in Ecuador is popcorn (canguil in Ecuadorian Spanish, pronounced can-GEEL). Joy has mixed emotions about this: popcorn is one of her favorite things to eat, but she doesn’t like eating it all mushy, so she’ll never put it in soup. On the other hand, she loves the payoff this tradition brings: they’ll often supply a bowl of popcorn to the table at the beginning of a meal – she just eats it, well, like popcorn.

Keep an eye on The Word Page blog for an upcoming discussion of some of the words in Latin America for corn, including at least 6 different words for popcorn.


1 Comment »

  1. Hey Luke!

    Didn’t you know I had a copyright on that title!…oh yeah, it’s on my other blog that I never update, you probably didn’t see it. Anyway, I used that one a while ago too. See you next week at the Xmas Bazar.


    Comment by inthetropics — November 13, 2007 @ 8:06 am

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