Humble 'pupusa' tops Salvadoran summit menu

23rd March 2011, Comments 0 comments

President Barack Obama has been known to fete fellow world leaders in Washington over hamburgers and french fries.

Now the President of El Salvador has done him one better, putting the humble "pupusa" -- his country's version of hearty fastfood fare -- on the menu.

Obama departed El Salvador Wednesday, wrapping up a five-day, three-nation Latin America trip meant to usher in a new era of partnership.

Tuesday's State Dinner, meant to celebrate the breadth of regional cooking in his Central American country, featured El Salvador's pupusa, a dish more often found on a worker's table than on the menu after an international summit.

The thick, corn tortilla is filled with a blend of soft cheese, ground meat, and beans, sometimes served with cabbage slaw or tomato salsa.

If the US leader decides he liked the dish enough for a second serving, he should have no trouble finding pupusas minutes from the White House. The Washington area is home to the largest concentration of the roughly two million Salvadorans living and working in the United States, a fact Obama noted in a toast during the meal.

"They're making extraordinary contributions to our country, even as they support their families and communities here in El Salvador," the US leader said.

© 2011 AFP

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