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Fanesca is a traditional soup served almost everywhere in Ecuador during Easter week. A large bowl of the rich, milk-based broth is a full meal as it is very heavy. Fanesca is made from 12 different beans and grains, including green beans, fava beans, kidney beans, chocho beans and corn. The soup can be served with or without salt cod, which is used instead of meat because it is believed that meat should not be eaten during this time. Fanesca also contains chunks of ripe plantain (plátano), boiled egg, fried bread, cheese and peanuts. It is thought that the 12 grains in the soup symbolize the 12 disciples and the 12 tribes of Israel, while the fish symbolizes Christ. Countrywide, but especially in the Andes, you will see signs outside restaurants advertising that fanesca is on the menu. A bowl of the soup will set you back anywhere between $5 and $10, depending on the restaurant and the region.

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07 Aug 2012

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