Views #1234 | Intermediate (B1)

Ecuadorian Food

Felipe talks about food he likes in Ecuador and the dishes he likes.

Katia: Hello Felipe, how are you?

Felipe: Fine thank you and you?

Katia: Good, good. Listen, I heard that you know a lot about Ecuadorean food. Can you tell me a little bit about it? What is your favorite or what is it that you don't like? Can you just enlighten me a little bit?

Felipe: Well, in Ecuador, well pretty much all the food in Ecuador is delicious. For example, we have frita which is some fried meat, pork meat, and also potatoes and corn because I love corn and we have also many different kinds of fruits and we make juices and many different kind of desserts with these fruits. There's also some typical dish called ceviche. Ceviche is a coastal traditional food and it's made out of shrimps and lemon and tomato. I think it's quite unique and nowhere else in the world you can find something like that. It's quite delicious. And there's also a really spicy food so maybe that's the kind of food that I don't like too much because it's too spicy and it makes you sweat.

Katia: It sounds actually very exotic. What about staple food in Ecuador? What is it, the staple food? For example in Mexico we have tortilla. What about Ecuador, what is the most common food?

Felipe: Well, yeah, in Ecuador we also have tortillas but they have different names. For example we have arepas which are made of corn also so the staple food in Ecuador is similar to Mexico and Colombia also because it's made, it's composed of corn and potatoes and mainly people in Ecuador they love potatoes and corn and especially corn because there are many different kinds of corn so they can make many different kinds of soups and also a kind of a bread made of corn and cookies and so on.

Katia: Hmm, it really sounds delicious. Now I'm very curious to try it but thank you for enlightening me about Ecuadorean food.

Felipe: Oh, you're welcome. Have a nice trip.

Katia: Thank you.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson

traditional food


Ceviche is coastal traditional food.

A 'traditional food' is one that is commonly eaten and is culturally important. Notice the following:

  1. Rice and beans are traditional foods in many Latin American countries.
  2. Many people think of hamburgers as a traditional food in the U.S.

nowhere else


Nowhere else in the world can you find something like that.

If something exists 'nowhere else' in the world, you cannot find it in another place. Notice the following:

  1. All of the clothes in this store are handmade, so you will find them nowhere else.
  2. Many of the foods in Vietnam can be found nowhere else in the world.

staple food


What is a staple food in Ecuador?

A 'staple food' is a main source of nutrition or energy, and it changes depending on where you live. Notice the following:

  1. One of the hardest things about moving to a different country is adjusting to a new staple food.
  2. Bread is basically my staple food.

composed of


Arepas are composed of corn and potatoes.

What something is 'composed of' is what it is made of. Notice the following:

  1. This drink is composed of rice, water, sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Our trip was composed of swimming and hanging out on the beach.



Thank you for enlightening me about Ecuadorian food.

You are 'enlightening' someone when you are giving her new knowledge or information. Notice the following:

  1. I feel more enlightened about the whole situation now that we've talked.
  2. Volunteering with poor people is a very enlightening experience.

Vocabulary Quiz

traditional • nowhere • staple
composed • enlighten
  1. Bread is definitely a food for me. I eat it every day.
  2. He need an English program that is writing and grammar practice.
  3. This whole situation is new for me, so you will need to me about what's going on.
  4. Is most of the food spicy here?
  5. They sell a lot of things here that you would find in the world.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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