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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Asunción is complete without tasting the traditional Asunción food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Asunción to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Bolitas de Mandioca: mandioca mixed with eggs and cheese, deep fried.
  • Chipas: bread made with manioc, egg and cheese.
  • Lampreado: delicious fried cake which base is cassava.
  • Paraguay cheese: special type of cheese that is made from curd, generally has salt and is very creamy and nutritious.


  • Bori-bori: soup with dumplings.
  • Cazuela: mid-thick flavored stock obtained from cooking several kinds of meats and vegetables mixed together.
  • Pira caldo: fish soup that is part of the traditional cuisine of Paraguay.
  • Soyo: thick soup of meat crushed in a mortar, seasoned with several spices and vegetables.


Main courses

  • Chipa Guasu: cake made with corn grains, onions, water, salt, eggs, Paraguay cheese and milk.
  • Kiveve: doughy and consistent cream, made with pumpkin, water, salt, oil, onion, milk, sugar, corn flour and fresh cheese.
  • Locro: hearty thick stew, with the such defining ingredients as corn, some form of meat and vegetables.
  • Mbeju (mbeyú): starch cake sometimes made with fariña or manioc flour.
  • Milanesa: breaded meat fillet
  • Pascualina: spinach pie.
  • Puchero: type of stew prepared with ossobuco, potatoes, onions and squashes.
  • Sopa paraguaya: similar to corn bread, where corn flour, pig fat, cheese and milk or whey are common ingredients.
  • Tallarines cons salsa de hongos: pasta with mushroom sauce.


Fast food

  • Chivito: sandwich-style national dish in Uruguay.
  • Lomito: the Spanish name for the sandwich/hamburger.

Street food

  • Empanada: stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Cafe tallat: strong coffee with a little milk.
  • Tereré: infusion of yerba mate, similar to mate but prepared with cold water rather than with hot.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Clericó: claret (red) wine, sugar, lemon juice and sparkling water.
  • Mate: traditional South American infused drink.

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