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    Local Dishes Worth Trying Out in Paraguay

    Paraguay is a bilingual country, unique in the world where a native language, the Guaraní, is recognized as an official national language together with Spanish. This cultural blend is seen in Paraguay’s forms of arts, crafts, music, festivals, literature, cinema, fashion and languages.

    Traditional Paraguayan food descends from a fusion of Guaraní and Spanish recipes. Beef, casava, cheese, and corn figure predominantly in many dishes, and plates high in calories and nutrients developed during and after the Paraguayan War still comprise much of the modern diet. Stews and soups like bife koygua, bori-bori, and pira caldo are entrées rather than sides, while chipa, sopa paraguaya, and pastel mandi’ó make for simple, lightly-filling street food.

    Some of these dishes worth trying include:

    1. Chipa

    Chipa, the favorite snack of Paraguay, is a chewy bread made from cassava flour. Crunchy on the outside, soft and cheesy on the inside, it’s usually prepared in a ball or circle shape. Flavored with anise and cooked with lard, chipa has a nearly sweet flavor.

    2. Pira caldo

    Pira caldo is a high-calorie fish soup made with varieties of catfish like mandi’y, tare’y, or meaty surubí. To prepare it, vegetables such as bell peppers, onions, carrots, celery, or leeks get fried in beef or pork fat, after which water and catfish get added along with spices to round out the entrée. Usually garnished with chili peppers and parsley.

    3. Mbeju

    Mbeju is a classic often made in the cool and dark winter months. Almidón is mixed with cheese (by hand), with a pinch of salt, a splash of milk, and a splash of vegetable oil.

    4. Marinera

    Marinera is very similar to beef milanesa. The difference is that cumin is a key marinade ingredient, and the meat is fried in an egg batter rather than simply breadcrumbs.

    5. Vorí vorí

    Vorí vorí is a thick, yellow soup with little balls made of cornmeal, corn flour, and cheese, and it’s traditional of the Paraguayan cuisine.

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