Stew from Ciudad Vieja

Ciudad Vieja is a municipality in the Department of Sacatepéquez located just 5km from La Antigua Guatemala. In this place – known as the Valle de Almolonga – was where the second capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala was settled.

In this corner you will find friendly people, who enjoy their traditions and enjoy a rich gastronomic legacy. We are going to tell you about one of these unique dishes: the stew.

This dish is traditionally served at weddings, but is also part of important events for this town, such as the celebration of the patron saint.

It is made with a variety of meats such as pork, beef, rooster, duck and chicken and is mixed with various spices that give it an exotic touch.

Traditionally, the stew should be cooked at least two days before a wedding, in a pot (clay pot) and simmered over firewood for a few hours until the meat is completely cooked. Once this happens, you will start to smell a delicious aroma coming out of the pot!
Its preparation represents a lot of dedication and the opportunity for the family to gather at the bride’s home and collaborate on such an important day.

Finally, on the wedding day, the stew is served on a leaf of lettuce, and is accompanied with rice and what in Guatemala is known as “Russian salad” (potatoes, carrots, green beans and other vegetables with a base dressing of Mayonnaise) and more than enough corn tortillas. To drink, you can enjoy a tasty glass of chicha – a traditional drink that is prepared through the fermentation of fruits grown in this picturesque place.

Tasting it is a flavor party from the very first moment. You cannot know Ciudad Vieja, without trying a delicious stew … from the kitchen to the heart.

Written by: Nelly Letona
Translated by: Melissa Schroden

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