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Costa Rican Food I ate

By Maangchi

Some photos of good food that I had are blurry, so I can’t post them here, but these are I ate while I traveled in Costa Rica:

Ice cream made with cactus flower. The beautiful purple color got my attention. I had this ice cream twice!

Tamale wrapped in banana leaves

casado: typical Costa Rican meal consisting of rice, black beans, meat, salad, and fried plantains

Costa Rican sweet coconut cookies

steamed plantains cooked with sugar and cinnamon

deliciious doughnuts with cream inside


I had to buy a plastic container in Costa Rica to make lunchbox (dosirak). Jumeokbap (similar to my samgak gimbaprecipe) made with kimgaru (roasted and crushed seaweed), roasted sesame seeds, shrimp, steamed rice, salt, sugar, vinegar, and salsa sauce. It was a fantastic taste! : )

Mango crepe plus ice coffee for brunch satisfied my empty stomach!  : )

casado with beef and steamed yuka

Whose beer? Their beer! Costa Rican beer! Imperial

a can of pulpo (octopus)! very delicious! I often had this for my snack!

plantain chips. They are not sweet and the taste is kinda bland

colorful  vegetable salads made with fresh and steamed vegetables. I like the warm steamed broccoli.

Vegetables and stir-fried rice! A huge fried crab is buried in the pile of stir-fried rice! : )

I had this seafood with salsa at a restaurant recommended by my travel book “Lonely Planet”. The restaurant is inside of a market in San Jose. They use very fresh seafood, as the travel book said.

Toasted bread, rice with black beans, scrambled eggs, sour cream, fried plantain, and a few strips of fried bacon! Do you think they go together? Yes, it was good to me! : ) I ordered this meal “to go” to eat on the shuttle bus to go to La Fortuna from San Jose.

Costa Rican sweet potatoes and corn! I steamed them with my steamer and made lunchbox when I moved from Fortuna to Quepos.

Pastry. The large circle shape cookie (Orelas) was sweet and cruchy!

Satisfied-looking coffee man! Why? I bought 3 kilos of coffee from him. Each bag of coffee was 500 grams and it $4.oo! Delicious, cheap, and good quality coffee!

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