Typical food of Guatemala, Guatemala
Regarding the typical drinks of the region, it is worth to mention coffee, considered one of the best in the world for its strong aroma, nice acidity, and delicate sweetness, a combination resulting in an xquisite and balanced cup. Among the main regional coffees we can mention Coban, Huehuetenango, and Antigua. Another hot beverage that is very popular is "atole de elote", a drink based on corn and corn kernels, usually enjoyed with cinnamon powder.
The Guatemalan tables also offer a wide diversity of delicious sweets, such as "canillas de leche", a caramel which takes up to three hours to be prepared; the "cocadas", baked coconut dough and milk. The "paciencias" are crispy delicacies made with egg whites, flour, sugar, and lemon, shaped as cookies that are dry inside and that usually melts in the mouth.
If you want to eat something typical of Guatemala City, you should visit the stall of Doña Mela, at Mercado Central. With almost 50 years of existence, her diner competes with the best food stalls thanks to the exquisite flavors and variety of typical dishes, such as "plátano en mole" and "tortillas de maíz con picado de buche". El Kacao is another restaurant which serves typical Guatemalan dishes within a charming atmosphere, where the chef strives every day to prepare culinary delicacies for the lovers of local cuisine.
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Fiambre Salad which can have over 50 ingredients, including meat cuts, sausages, vegetables, cheese, and various types of dressings.
Tapado Seafood soup cooked in coconut milk and served with bananas and other vegetables such as tomatoes, yucca, and onions.
Pepián Dish prepared with beef or chicken and vegetables, served in a broth made with chili, tomatoes, onions, sesame seeds, garlic, and cinnamon.
Café guatemalteco Guatemalan coffee, considered one of the best in the world for its strong aroma, pleasant acidity, and delicate sweetness.
Paciencias Crunchy toasted delights made with egg, flour, sugar, and lemon that melt in the mouth.