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One part of traveling that I enjoy is trying new food.  While I was in El Salvador, I tried a traditional Salvadorian dish called pupusas–yummy.  It’s like a stuffed corn tortilla.  From what I saw it comes in three varieties: cheese (queso fresco); cheese and beans; and cheese, beans and beef.  The last one was my favorite.

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We went out for them twice, and the first time we ate them was at a Mister Donut.  It was the fanciest Mister Donut I’ve seen with a multiple page menu that included not only doughnuts but also breakfast, lunch and dinner meals including a selection of traditional Salvadorian foods.

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The pupusas and theSalvadorian horchata I had there were great.

Towards the end of my time in El Salvador, we took a trip to a pupuseria.  Take a look at the video below to see how pupusas are made.

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Cooking South African

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Africa has a wide-range of foods, and South Africa also has its own collection of unique recipes.  A couple that we’ve come to enjoy here are bobotie and yellow rice served with spicy chili chutney.  We enjoyed it at some people’s homes, and this weekend we made it ourselves for the second time.   Bobotie is like meat loaf but with more flavor variations.  The yellow rice you make to go with it is sweeter than the yellow rice we used to eat at home.  Both are delicious.

Try them. You might like them!

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Thanksgiving

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More than 50 people from 26 nations were invited to join a celebration of American Thanksgiving last night that was hosted by an American couple. It was in the YWAM facility next door to our office.

I was craving turkey all week.  We got a nice large helping of turkey, mashed potatoes, bread stuffing, marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes, and green beans…with apple crisp for desert.  Yum!  It was a good taste of home and some good fellowship that we both enjoyed.

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Eating in Singapore

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Photo by Norm Quisumbing

Singapore’s food reflects its mix of cultures–Chinese, Indian, Malay, European. A couple of friends that Jeff and I used to work with in Orlando now live in Singapore.  They invited me and another friend for Sunday lunch at a hawker food center where I was able to try a few local favorites.  The center is full of different food vendors who each generally specialize in one type of food.  Not only are there lots of good options for food, but they are all pretty cheap: $2-$3 for a meal.

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I tried some fried noodles topped with fish and sea morning glory (a green leafy vegetable), chwee kueh (that’s the white stuff topped with what I think was fried radish?), and some carrot cake which in Singapore is essentially deep fried chwee kueh. They were all good.

My food experiences in Singapore also included a noodle stew with some Heavenly Tea at a local mall food court, and a brief visit to the restaurant in Singapore’s IKEA with some friends.  We had to order the standard: Swedish meatballs.  Mmmmm.

I did some grocery store tourism like Jeff and I often do in new places.  In the midst of all the different kinds of noodles, rices and teas that I would expect to find, I found a package of Spicy Nacho flavored Doritos in the snack aisle to take home to Jeff.  They survived the plane ride and have been a good treat to have at home.

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