Un plato típico de mi país es el Vigorón
Vigorón is a traditional dish in my native country, Nicaragua. It’s usually considered a party or get-together dish. Easy to make and fun to eat, no forks or spoons necessary. It is often accompanied by Chica or Cacao.
Refresco de Chica is The Maize Drink.
Maize is corn. The maize is soaked overnight. The next day it is grounded and placed in water with added red food coloring. The mixture is then cooked. Once it is cooled, sugar and more water is added. The following day, more sugar and water is added again, plus some vanilla extract or banana flavoring. The result is a cool pink maize drink. (Not recommended for those with diabetes or borderline. It shouldn’t even be drunk on a regular basis.)
Refresco de Cacao is The Cocoa Bean Drink.
It is made of cocoa beans, milk, rice, cinnamon, cloves and sugar. The beans are roasted and then cooled. The cocoa beans are peeled. Then they’re crushed along with previously soaked rice, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a food processor. A bit of water is added to make a very soft paste. In a glass jar, milk is poured. Then the mixture is added into the milk and sweetened to taste. Served with lots and lots of ice. (This is a heavy drink but nutritious. It compensates for our very greasy foods).
Now to the meat of this post: El Vigorón.
It’s super easy to make. All you need is Yucca, Pork rinds, cabbage, tomatoes or carrots, vinegar, lime and for those TRUE Nicaraguans, jalapenos! (green pepper and onions can also be added to the cabbage salad.)
The yucca is boiled until very soft. The pork rind is usually the thick, meaty kind, not the airy, artificial-tasting kind you get in bags from the grocery store. Chopped veggies to make the salad. It’s very basic and fast to make. Fun to eat! Oh, and typically, it is served on a big plantain leaf, or hoja de platano.
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