It’s Paraguayan Independence Day, which means lots of music and dancing and celebrating with family and friends... if you’re in Paraguay, that is. The unfortunate truth is that many Latinos and nearly all non-Latinos know little about this stunning South American neighbor to Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina. That’s a shame because its culture – specifically its food culture – is vastly different from what you’d expect.
Think you know what sopa Paraguaya is? And how about tortilla? If you answered the latter with “That’s what holds my tacos together,” think again. Here, in honor of Paraguayans everywhere, is a quick and easy guide to knowing and loving PY foods, from vori-vori to chipa so'o to pionono. Happy Independence Day!