Ecuadorian food: Caldo de pata or cow feet soup
Today we want to share with you one of the traditional soups that we have here in Ecuador.
Due to the location of Ecuador, seafood, fruits, vegetables, herbs, dairy, and meats abound, making culinary experiences an important part of the experience tourists get in the country.
About Caldo de pata or cow feet soup
Caldo de pata is a comforting traditional Ecuadorian soup of cow feet served in a tasty broth.
This hearty soup is made with cow feet, yuca, mote or hominy, cilantro, parsley, onions, garlic, achiote, cumin, peanuts, milk, oregano.
What it tastes like
I have been adventurous and always ready to experience new places and food when I am in my country and abroad. Despite this, it took me many years to finally taste this soup. What can I say? I am glad I finally did, though. The broth is delicious, and I loved the taste, and what was a bit challenging at first was the gummy texture of the cow feet.
How and where to eat it
Caldo de pata is not a dish you can find as easily as locro or ceviche, yet some places offer this comforting soup in the highlands of Ecuador. The soup is typically served with a side of cooked white rice, and some places may also include avocado slices to the soup.
While researching this blog post, I learned that there are variations to caldo de patas or cow feet soup in other Latin American countries. Depending on the country, the region, or even the family preparing it, some of the ingredients would vary.
If, on the other hand, you want to try to make this soup at home, there is a great recipe here: https://www.laylita.com/recipes/caldo-de-pata-recipe-or-cow-feet-soup-recipe/.
An additional fact worth mentioning is that some people consider this soup a great recipe for hangovers! I actually had it in my 20’s at 5 am during a party in Cuenca when celebrating their foundation festivities.
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