Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Charque

Last night I went with don David and his family to eat charque. This was a special occasion - don David's daughter was celebrating her 13th birthday - and so they chose something special to eat. (In Cochabamba, every event is marked by eating, usually in large quantities).

Charque is dried llama meat, shredded and fried to a fatty crisp. I don't know if they eat it elsewhere in the Andes, but it is a specialty in Bolivia. My son Ben loves it, and had been asking for it since we arrived in Bolivia, so he and his friend Pete enjoyed the evening immensely.

3 comments:

JG said...

Apparently, "charque" is where we get the word "jerky" from. It can also be dried horse. Are you sure you had llama?

Tina_in_Germany said...

gaahhhhhhhhhh.

Love,
Tina

kelly said...

Mmm, i want some charque!!