I have always been a huge meat fan, this time I want to share with you my passion for the delicious “chicharrones”.
So, how about starting with: what are they? It is a traditional dish consisting of pork meat fried and very good seasoned, of course normally served with the classic and famous corn tortillas, yuca (also commonly called cassava manioc, macaxeira or mandioca, which tastes a bit like potato but in my opinion even better) and tomato salad known in Costa Rica as “Chimichurri”. Sometimes you have the chance to buy chicharrones also in a “casado” a typical dish, compound of rice, beans, salad and some picadillo (cooked and diced vegetables). Both dishes are super yummy!
Many people are not aware of where to find the best chicharrones in the country. I must say, all over Costa Rica you will find very good spots for your “gallo de Chicharron” (when this piece of meat is eaten with a tortilla is called “gallo”). Chicharrones are found on special occasions, family or friends’ gatherings and even at towns’ festivities.
In Spanish the word “gallo” also means hen, but don’t confuse the animal with the plate. Nevertheless, the community of Puriscal is well-known for cooking the best “Chicharron” of the country.
Recently I got the chance to go to Puriscal and spend the day there. The center is very nice, with its emblematic monument, the church, the store and I can very enjoy the town feeling.
Please share if you like it and let me know if you tried them and which has been your favorite place.
See you soon! I am preparing an additional blog with some other activities to do at Puriscal, besides eating chicharrones.