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Let’s Celebrate the King Dish
Translated By: Gabriela Ancalmo
There is no doubt that in Salvadoran gastronomy the pupusas are a delicacy that excels. The “Día Nacional de las Pupusas” is celebrated every second Sunday of November each year, and it is a legislative Decree in Article 1 of Decree 655, from April 1, 2005. On this date it was also established as “Plato Nacional de El Salvador” (El Salvador’s National Dish).
In El Salvador, this exquisite dish is feted in different ways. However, the two most notable celebrations are the ones in Olocuilta and in Planes de Renderos; in both, family entertainment is guaranteed.
The county of Olocuilta is famous for its rice pupusas, which have been enjoyed by Salvadorans and foreigners who love to savor the culinary delicacies of the “Pulgarcito” ( Pinkie) of America. The festivities take place throughout the weekend, however, the majority are held on Sunday, November 10 from 5:00 am until 9:00 pm. “Atole Shuco” will be served at 5:00 am in the four “pupusódromos” followed by a parade in Olocuilta’s main streets. The whole week end guarantees fun activities for all attendees. Among the activities the county has prepared are: a pupusa-eating contest with categories for children and adults, the fastest pupusa maker, artistic performances and the biggest pupusa in the world measuring more than 4 meters.
On the other hand, in Planes de Renderos another celebration will take place in honor of the pupusa, This has been organized by El Salvador’s Institute of Tourism. The festivity will take place in the Balboa Park and it will have activities like a pupusa-eating contest, games for children, face-painting, target shooting, a labyrinth, and a musical show from Jhose Lora, among other contests. The entrance fee is $1, kids under 10 and adults over 60 pay no cover charge. You can enjoy this activity starting at 2:00 pm, this Sunday, November 10, 2013.
The origin of the pupusas dates well before the arrival of the Spanish to America. The word pupusa comes from the náhuatl word, pupushagua, which means “bloating”; hence the filled tortilla.
The pupusas are tortillas filled with cheese, fried beans, pork rinds, pumpkin, carrot, chicken or shrimp. The most famous local pupusa which contains diverse ingredients is the jalapeña, which is among other specialties you are sure to enjoy. Generally, they are made from corn dough. However, there are some that prefer rice dough. The two varieties are served with “curtido” (a cabbage relish) and sauce.
Come join the fun by taking part in the activities that are being organized throughout and celebrate the Salvadoran king dish.