Platos Fuertes is Ecuadorian term which means "Main Dishes", such as Llapingachos, Churrasco, Fritada, Cuy and many more. Platos Fuertes are usually accompanied by mound of rice, a small salad, potatoes, and side dishes , like Patacones (mashed, fried green plantains). On the coast and in the Amazon, potatoes are often supplemented or replaced by Menestra (beans or lentils) or Yuca (manioc, similar to yam).

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