Posted on March 24, 2010 by Jill
Vegan Papa a la Huancaína at El Germen
We spent four days in Sucre, Bolivia, taking our time to enjoy the local markets and colonial architecture. We had a chance to eat at one of the city’s two restaurants specializing in vegetarian food, El Germen. It’s a small, dark and cozy restaurant with two pages of vegetarian dishes, one page of meat dishes and a German inspired baked good section. While we didn’t try any sweets from the bakery, they all had butter, we did have a chance to try a traditional Bolivian/Peruvian dish, as well as one of our favourite Indian foods.
Papa a la Huancaína
Papa a la Huancaína is a traditional South American dish, with both Peru and Bolivia claiming some of the credit. It typically involves boiled yellow or white potatoes, as well as hard boiled eggs. The potatoes and eggs are covered in a spicy cheese or peanut sauce. In this case, the dish was made with a spicy peanut sauce and the hard boiled eggs were left out. It was served with more veggies than the traditional version, which usually is limited to olives and lettuce. It was an interesting dish, but a bit starchy for me. The sauce was the best part but it lost it’s novelty and spice after the first few bites. I was happy to eat a meal with local roots but it wasn’t something I’d bother trying to recreate at home. John, on the other hand, being a potato lover, really liked it.
Falafel and Vegetables
John ordered the falafel plate, which boasted some crispy deep fried falafel balls, covered in peanut sauce and pared with grilled veggies in tomato sauce, and white rice. Between the two of us, we licked the plate clean. The falafels were excellent, the peanut sauce added some creaminess and the grilled veggies made us feel like we were eating something nutritious.
Our bill came to $48 Bolivian Bolivianos ($6.84 USD), $22 for the falafel and $26 for the Papa a la Huancaína. It was nice to eat out and avoid cooking one meal at the hostel. However, I think we enjoyed our hostel meals, made with fresh produce from the local market, more than anything we could have found at a restaurant.
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