"Last week Jonathan Gold from LA Weekly and Evan Kleinman host of KCRW’s Good Food program did a review of La Cevicheria, a Guatemalan owned ceviche restaurant in Los Angeles. In the podcast Jonathan declared the Guatemalan ceviche the best of all ceviches and was surprised since, in his opinion, Guatemala does not posses a ceviche tradition.
Huh? That’s exactly what I thought!"
.... and I gotta go with ADP on this one. My jaw dropped.
With a country closely hugged by two oceans, abounding with lakes and rivers, pescado and mariscos rule.
This might not be the case for Guatemalan restaurants in the US that don't have such a bountiful supply.
Even in my nothing town of Masagua, the local gas station has a ceviche cart where you can also buy a beer ... yep, gas up, down a beer and off you go.
Mayan women stroll up and down beaches balancing baskets on their heads. The baskets contain cups of ceviche, limes, bottles of hot sauce and English sauce.
ADP goes on to write " I am certain now that the only dishes that you can find everywhere you go in Guatemala are Ceviche and Chow Mein."
A Chinese restaurant I recently visited almost combined both. They have Chinese ceviche on the menu ... haven't tried it yet.
Besides being stellar fresh ... though I DID have one using Krab ... shame on you Cevicheria Paty ... the portions are generous. They are often served with chiplin tamales.
To correct this grievous misconception that might enter the US perception of Guatemalan food ... here's some wonderful photos from ADP about ceviche
Here are my own early ceviche experiences.During the next few months in Guatemala one of my goals is to sample as much ceviche and micheladas as possible ... a formidable task.
Ceviche: Vuelve a la Vida ("Back to Life”) or “corpse reviver” (“Levanta Muertos")
While I adore Gold, this is an error that reallyy shouldn't be made by a food journalist of his knowledge and renown. Take a trip to Guatemala, Jonathan Gold. The food might surprise you ... in a good way ... though surprisingly good coffee is difficult to find.
The cuisine is and isn't what I expected. Antigua Daily Photo is an encyclopedic gold mine about many of the dishes and foods of Guatemala, especially those not widely known outside the country.