Hola Amigos! Food has always been one of the few things in life that we simply cannot do without. You can probably experiment, improvise or create something out of the blue and if you’re lucky, you’re going to be licking your plate clean. And that’s the best part about food, it’s universally accepted and there’s always something for everyone.
Unlike most famed cuisines from different countries, Colombian cuisine never received the fame and spotlight. While most would put Colombian cuisine under one big gastronomical umbrella as Latin American food, there’s more to Colombia and food than what meets the eye (or stomach!). And that’s exactly why we’re excited to explore the depths and textures of Colombia’s greatest food secrets.
Colombia has an incredibly rich and diverse food taste, the kind that would have you looking for your comfort pants because great food is always right around the corner. If you’re already thinking of how this reminds you of a hearty or a fulfilling meal, we second that. Colombia has some great dishes and we’ve covered all the essentials for you.
Arepas: We can’t get enough of Arepas! There. We said it.
Arepas are quite possibly the most popular food in Colombia. Think tortillas but thicker and with as many as 75 different varieties. Made with corn maize and flattened into discs. Accompanied with toppings, arepas can be basically grilled, steamed, fried, even boiled (anything you like really!). The Colombian Academy of Gastronomy has even recognized the arepa as ‘a symbol of national gastronomic unity’.That’s how versatile they really are!
Empanadas: Little pockets of goodness, fried and topped with heavenly stuffings. Drooling, yet?
Empanadas are fried pastries made of corn maize. Usually stuffed with meat, eggs, rice, chicken or cheese. Even though empanadas are famous all over South America, the Colombian empanadas are known for their distinct flavor and variations in fillings and they’re always deep-fried.
Ajiaco: Thick, creamy and flavours unlimited!
Colombia and Ajiaco go hand-in-hand. It’s one of the most popular dishes in Colombia. The Ajiaco is a kind of soup that is made with chicken, different kinds of potatoes and a secret ingredient (more on this later). All the ingredients mix together to create a rich and creamy soup with a dash of corn and avocado to bring out the taste. The not-so-secret ingredient is guascas, that is essentially grown in South America and is known for its aromatic flavor and smell.
Bandeja Paisa: Food coma – incoming.
Colombian cuisine is incomplete without this feast of a meal. Talking about it already makes us drool. The Bandeja Paisa is Colombia’s national dish. Think English breakfast, only MUCH more filling and with a lot of meat. Also called the Paisa platter, the platter is filled with ground meat, pork scratchings, ripe plantain, avocado, chicharron, chorizo, fried eggs; all served on a bed of rice and red beans.
*BONUS* Obleas: Forever and ever. And ever.
You can’t say no to wafers and this is no less. Introducing Obleas, thin round brown wafers spread with toppings made of dreams. You can choose from crema, shredded cheese, dolce de leche, jams, nuts, sprinkles, chocolate chips or even sweet arequipe (Colombia’s caramel). You won’t forget this one.
You might have not have tried Colombian cuisine, but there are chances you’ll stumble across this recipe on Chefling if you added red beans, chicken, avocado, pork and the other items mentioned above in your pantry. And that’s why we want to be your local guide in discovering great foods. With our intuitive recipe recommendations, we want to help you discover and help you in cooking everything great about food. Your food journey begins here!
On that note, adios! Until next time. :)