Cubans in Uruguay: "Here I Discovered There's More Than Just Congrí and Pork"

Thursday, May 23, 2024 by Olivia Torres

The experience of emigrating from Cuba is often likened to a child's discovery of the world, encountering new sensations for the first time. One of the primary revelations for Cubans escaping the regime is the diversity of gastronomy. In this regard, Cuban expatriate José Luis Savio, now residing in Uruguay, explained on Facebook that he learned there is a world beyond congrí and pork chops in his new home country.

"Let me share three things that fascinate me about Uruguay," said Savio, explaining that he was previously unaware of their existence and had never tasted them before.

His first discovery is mate, a beverage he admitted to being "addicted" to. The second revelation was dulce de leche. "I don't know if it's good or bad quality because I like any kind," he confessed.

"The third one, very difficult to find in Cuba, is asado," Savio noted, admitting that Uruguayans are the "masters of grilling."

On the flip side, there are Cubans who emigrate and popularize the Caribbean nation's cuisine in their host countries. For example, the so-called Cuban pizza has caused a sensation in Mexico. Three migrants made this dish very popular in Reynosa when they decided to start a small food business while waiting for their turn for political asylum in the United States, becoming a novelty in the area.

Discovering New Culinary Delights in Uruguay

Here are some frequently asked questions about the culinary experiences of Cubans in Uruguay, based on José Luis Savio's insights.

What is mate and why do people like it?

Mate is a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, particularly popular in Uruguay and Argentina. People enjoy it for its unique flavor and stimulating effects.

What makes dulce de leche special?

Dulce de leche is a sweet, caramel-like spread made from slowly heating sweetened milk. It is cherished for its rich, creamy texture and versatility in desserts.

Why is asado difficult to find in Cuba?

Asado, a form of barbecue that is a cultural staple in Uruguay, is difficult to find in Cuba due to limited access to quality meat and the specific equipment required for traditional grilling.

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