Guatemalan Cuisine: Shucos are hotdogs


Guatemalan hotdogs: Shucos, originally uploaded by rudygiron.

Shuco is a word that means dirty. It is not Spanish or Maya, but it is a word that represent their meeting point. Now why in the world would you use the world dirty for food; well, why not, if they can call them “hot dogs” in some other parts of the world.

Anyhow, the Guatemalan hot dog comes with guacamol (avocado sauce), boiled cabbage, mayonnaise, tomato sauce, mustard, hot sauce, and one or more of the following: chorizo (Guatemalan red sausage), longaniza (Guatemalan white sausage), salchicha (normal hot dog sausage), ham, bacon, pepperoni, german ham and sausages, chichen breast, beef steak fajitas, polish sausages, et-cetera. Well, at least they do at La Perrada, a hot dog joint in Antigua.

There are four sizes at La Perrada: normal (which is more less your normal bun), special (150% larger), jumbo (300% larger) and ballena/whale (500% larger). The jumbo is pictured here and it comes with five meat toppings and it costs about Q20 (US2.50). La ballena or whale has 10 or 20 meat topings at it rings about Q35 (US$5) and Q45 (US$6). I can barely finish a Jumbo, but other people have no problem with even a whale. I leave you with a picture of two acquaintances who were getting ready to devour their hot dogs. In the secondary picture you can see Pablo with two jumbos and Cynthia with a whale split in half.

Bon appetite!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/20874641 Felicia

    That is an incredible amount of food! Lots of meat, never seen a hot dog quite like this. Very funny photo of Pablo & Cynthia, LOL!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/2856977 cvander

    I just love la perrada’s shucos :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/7532553 Louise

    The food looks delicious. I will have to make sure that I only visit your site when I am not hungry!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18326537 Kris

    my, very very tempting! the description sounds scrumptious …*drools *

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/25212452 Jazzy

    Yummy, I’m hungry now =)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10808940 Nuno

    Hi rudy, you could be a nice fellow and offer one shuco size sauropod to your visitors!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/19266409 patsy

    we have a sandwitch a lot like that, we called a hero. don’t know why it is called a hero.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/7457998 bob

    YOu could probably live for a week on one of these. NIce shot

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/21350790 Carol

    they look delicious and much more filling and satisfying than a plain old hot dog!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/26648159 PDPB

    very interesting. perhaps we should do a theme day of local specialities in the dailyphoto organisation?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/23761387 Chris

    A terrible need to taste it is growing fast… Trapped !

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/1836651 rudygiron

    I thank you for your comments and your visits. I am very happy to know you guys enjoy the food series.

    So when are you going to show us the food of your city?

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  • Monica

    Buaaaaa! Rudy, I want me some shucos! I will buy the stuff today and make some at home… it just doesn’t taste the same… You need to be on the street somewhere by the Liceo Guatemala to get the right taste… It might be the smoke and noise of Guate that gives it the yum yum taste! Saludos desde el Caribe!

    • http://antiguadailyphoto.com Rudy Girón

      @Mónica, you have to try the shucos from La Perrada next time you come to your home town. Make sure you call me up so we can meet and enjoy some shucos, mixtas and mixtas de cerveza. ;-)