We waited 2 hours for this baby to be roasted, but the wait was well worth it.
Roasted guinea pig (cuy).
The skin was crispy like that of a roasted suckling pig. The meat texture was similar to a young pigeon's. The flavor reminded me of boar--- slightly more gamy than pork. It was the best game meat I have had in a while!
Deep fried goat with corn kernels the size of a nickel.
Goat stew with rice.
Grilled beef tripes.
My first encounter with authentic Ecuadorian cuisine was an eye-opening experience. The atmosphere was festive, the portions were generous and the flavors were bold. However, most dishes were on the salty side which explains the gazillion hypertension cases I saw in Washington Heights.
El Pequeno Coffee Shop
8610 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, NY
Strolling through the Flushing-Meadows Park, I ran into a couple of Ecuadorian/ Peruvian women (I couldn't tell the difference and I don't speak Spanish) selling ethnic food.
Cheese-filled empanadas deep-fried in oil heated by charcoal. Old-school!
Roasted whole pig. More roasted guinea pigs (cuy)! Yum-O!