Central American Food Trucking Through Taiwan

Four food trucks offering free delicacies from Belize, Guatemala and Honduras began a nationwide tour in Taipei on Saturday to promote Central American cuisine and culture, organized by the Central America Trade Office.

The food trucks are traveling together to various regions in Taiwan to offer traditional foods from Taiwan’s three Central American allies for free until May 29, the trade office said.

Some of the dishes offered on the Puncar Taiwan tour include fry jack, shuco, and baleada.

Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

Fry jack is a Belizean fried bread that is often served for breakfast, while shuco is a hot dog with Guatemalan sauces and meat. Baleada is a Honduran street food consisting of a flour tortilla filled with refried beans, cheese, or other ingredients.

For nine weekends, food trucks are scheduled to appear in 15 cities and counties, offering two dishes and one drink each day, the trade office said.

The trucks started the event in Taipei before heading to New Taipei City yesterday, and are due to appear in Keelung today.

Organizing gastronomic events is an exceptional way to promote exchanges between countries, said Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Yui.

The tour is expected to help expose Taiwanese to the rich culinary culture of the three allies.

Besides shuco, people might also have the chance to try Guatemalan ceviche, a seafood dish made with dried shrimp in lime juice and seasonings, as well as coffee from the country, the agency said. Guatemalan Ambassador Willy Alberto Gomez.

Shuco and ceviche are classic Guatemalan dishes, he said, adding that they’re most enjoyable when shared with friends.

Event details are available at www.cato.com.tw/2022centroamerica.

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