10 (Colombian)

List by: anika854, created: 18 Jun 2017, updated: 18 Jun 2017 Public: Users can add dishes

One of the great joys of traveling is being able to try the traditional food of a country.

Travel Supermarket takes a closer look at 10 traditional dishes to try when visiting Colombia:

1. Arepa

(Colombian) (Venezuelan)

Flatbread made of ground maize dough or cooked flour prominent in the cuisine of Colombia and Venezuela. It is eaten daily in those countries and can be served with various accompaniments such as cheese (cuajada), avocado, or (especially in Venezuela) split and used to make sandwiches. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A…

The basic side to any Colombian meal. It is a bread made from cornmeal, similar to a thick pancake. It is normally eaten with an adornment of butter, although sometimes corn is …

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2. Ajiaco

Chicken Soup (Colombian)

Chicken soup like mom used to make it. It includes chicken, two (preferably three) kinds of potatoes, corn, sour cream, capers, avocado and guasca. Guasca is a special herb that grown throughout the Americas and gives the soup its distinct flavour. http://www.southamerica.cl/Colo…

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3. Bandeja Paisa


Bandeja Paisa is a staple of Colombian cuisine. It is a huge mixture of food on more of a platter than a plate, it consists of grilled steak, fried pork rind, chorizo sausages, on a bed of rice and red beans that is then topped with a fried egg and a side of sliced avocado and sweet banana (chips). It is arguably the national dish of Colombia. http://www.southamerica.cl/Colo…

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4. Lechona

Lechona Tolimense (Colombian)

Typical dish from the Tolima area and consists of a whole roasted pig, stuffed with rice, yellow peas, green onions and spices which is cooked for ten hours in a clay oven. It is served with arepa. This dish is often served at parties and other large gatherings. http://www.southamerica.cl/Colo…

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5. Sancocho Trifasico

Three Meats Sancocho (Colombian)

Sancocho is basically a very thick soup made with root vegetables and different kinds of meats, in a broth, usually flavored with herbs (cilantro or parsley), combined with achiote, garlic, onion, scallions and bell peppers. It is almost a stew, but still considered a soup. Every sancocho you try may be different from the last and unique in its own right. Sancochos in Colombia are always served with avocado, white rice and ají picante (Colombian hot sauce) on the side.

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6. Picada

Fritanga (Colombian)

Picada is a traditional Colombian dish where a variety of grilled or fried meat and vegetables are served on a large platter. The dish is usually prepared on Sundays for family and friends or at various special occasions and celebrations, but it can also be found served as street food. Picada Colombiana typically includes papa criolla potatoes, pork, chicken, beef, morcilla blood sausages, longaniza, arepas, guacamole, sweet plantains, chunchullo (fried intestines), and envuelto (corn in husks). It is recommended to …

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7. Empanadas

Pati, Tico Empanadas (Colombian)

Beef and potato patties

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8. Churros

(-Latin American-) (Mexican)

A churro, sometimes referred to as a Spanish doughnut, is a fried-dough pastry—predominantly choux—based snack. Churros are popular in Spain, France, the Philippines, Portugal, Ibero-America and the United States. In Spain, churros can either be thin (and sometimes knotted) or long and thick (porra). They are normally eaten for breakfast dipped in hot chocolate or café con leche.

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9. Changua


Changua is a typical hearty breakfast soup of the central Andes region of Colombia, in particular in the Boyacá and Cundinamarca area, including the capital, Bogotá. A mixture of equal amounts of water and milk is heated with a dash of salt. Wikipedia

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10. Hormigas Culonas


Finally, for those who are particularly brave there are hormigas culonas, which are a kind of ant.

They are collected during the wet season, soaked in salted water and then roasted.

In the north east of the country the ants are thought to have aphrodisiacal properties and are given as a wedding gift.

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