Puerto Rico: Food Guide - Dining Out
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Food in Puerto is a culinary combination of Spanish, African, Cuban, Mexican, Taino and American influences, much like its culture and history. Puerto Ricans love their food and have innovated a great deal to make their food what it is today! Meal time in Puerto Rico is a relaxed social affair over long meals of appetizers, soups, main courses and desserts, washed down with coffee, beer or the national drink of the country rum! Puerto Rico is known for its fine dining and many tourists visit the country just to tour the finest dining locations of the country. Old San Juan is filled with fancy up scale restaurants where you will find traditional Puerto Rican food along with other international cuisines, the food being cooked by award winning chefs!
The local cuisine consists of appetizers like bacalaitos which are crunchy cod fritters, surullitos, sweet plump cornmeal fingers; and empanadillas, crescent-shaped turnovers filled with lobster, crab, conch, or beef. Soups are an important part of the meal and most soups are made with a chickpea base to give it flavor. Some of the popular soups include sopón de pescade or fish soup, frijoles negros which is a black-bean soup and sopon de pollo con arroz which is a chicken soup.
Asopao is the most traditional Puerto Rican dish made with either chicken or shellfish. Stews, stakes and roasts are commonplace on a Puerto Rican menu. Desserts include flans, custard based desserts and coconut based sweets and flans. Eating out in Puerto Rico is a pure delight as the menus are extensive and you are spoilt for choice!