Try Some Guatemalan Home Cookin’!

Nowadays you can get practically any type of dish while visiting Guatemala. There are all different kinds of restaurants serving everything from French baguettes to sushi! There are also a good number of fast food restaurants. While you may be drawn to the familiar, the Guatemala Gringo urges you to widen out and try a few traditional Guatemalan dishes.

Guatemalan Cookin

One national specialty includes Kac lc, a soup that is made from turkey and seasoned with an herb from Alta Verapaz called samat. A more familiar, and yet typical Guatemalan dish is guacamole. Believe me; it tastes different from the guac you get at the Mexican restaurant around the corner. Flan is a typical dessert of Latin America, and Guatemala has spiced it up a bit; their specialty is flan de naranja, or orange-flavored flan.

As far as drinks go, Guatemalans love their coffee, but they don’t drink it like we gringos do. Normally cups are less than half the size of a standard small cup, and oftentimes the coffee is weaker than the Guatemalan brew you buy in the states; the best stuff gets exported. As far as adult beverages go quezalteca is king. This extremely potent raw cane spirit should be drank in small portions.