Visitors to Panama will not find Panama food an issue, because you will find that traditional Panamanian cooking is not different from the cooking of Central America. The main staples are rice and beans with lentils, served with meat, fish and chicken. This is followed by the yucca (cassava) and plantains as secondary staples.
What To Eat In Panama food
Panamanians are proud of their national dish, the sancocho. It is a chicken soup with root vegetables such as yucca and plantains and flavored with coriander. Being a popular Panama food, sancocho is commonly served to tourists and visitors to Panama, followed by arroz con pollo (chicken with rice). There is plenty of great tasting seafood some of which are exported to other places. And they are generally cheap, particularly the lobsters and prawns. Ceviche is another Panama food that is served as an excellent appetizer. It is a spicy dish of raw fish or sea food marinated in lime juice with hot pepper and onions. There are fruits, fresh and abundant, which you can buy from local markets.
Regular breakfast in Panama consists mainly of fried Panama food such as eggs, sausages and patacones – plantains fried, flattened and fried a second time. Also served are tortillas de maiz and hojaldres (fried dough). Panamanian popular snacks are ensaymadas, tamales, carimanolas or el enyucados, which are fried balls of manioc dough filled with meat. Tamales is a Panama food, a mix of maize porridge, vegetables and pork or chicken wrapped in banana leaf and boiled.
Where To Eat In Panama food
If you are in Panama City, you will find no shortage of classy and expensive restaurants that serve Panama food, also Greek, Chinese, Italian, American and Japanese dishes. Out of the city, almost every town has at least one Chinese restaurants, a favorite of vegetarian tourists and natives alike. The cultural influence of US in Panama foods is shown in the citywide availability of US style fast foods serving hamburgers, french fries and hotdogs. There is usually a 5% tax to pay on meals in restaurants, although tips are expected only in more expensive places or whenever you are accorded a good service.
You can find canteen-like self-service restaurants where Panama food is cheaper but filling. They are located almost everywhere: on the roadsides and near the street corners. In bigger towns, some restaurants have waiter service where a main dish may be priced at US$5-10. In remote areas where there are no restaurants, you can always find someone in the village who is ready and willing to cook a Panama food for you. Just inquire from the locals and give them time to prepare.
Panama food is accompanied by drinks
Panama food is always accompanied by drinks and the most popular are beer, coffee water and fruit juices. Coffee in Panama is generally good especially when prepared espresso-style and taken black. But due to hot and humid Panamanian climate, people prefer to take cold drinks such as beers, juice, milk shakes .and iced water. Water in Panama City and the other towns are good and safe to drink.You will really enjoy Panama food.