Colombia is known for its coffee, emeralds, football and even its beautiful women, but this country has way more to offer than just that. How much do you know about its cuisine, for example? Here are some dishes that are worth mentioning, and definitively worth trying, while you are in this beautiful country.
If you go for the empanada de pipián, which comes from the south-west region of Cauca, you should definitively add some ají de maní (peanut hot sauce) and drink a cold lulada (a beverage made of lulo and piñuela) to make this culinary experience even better!
2. Patacón con hogao
Have you heard of the banana that is not a banana and you should cook before eating? Yes, that’s it! Plantain is the main ingredient of this delicious dish. After being squashed and fried, the patacón is served with a sauce made of onions and tomatoes (hogao) or sometimes with suero costeño, a sort of sour cream which is an important ingredient of many dishes in the Atlantic coast of the country.
4. Bandeja Paisa
If you do not feel like eating your pet when trying out this guinea pig, you will definitively enjoy it. Cuy is a typical dish from the south region of Colombia, as well as other countries like Ecuador and Perú.
8. Hormigas Culonas
If you are feeling more adventurous, try the Hormigas Culonas. These nutritious ants are collected in the region of Santander, where only the queens are picked out. Their legs and wings are stripped before the ants are soaked in salty water and roasted. Up for the challenge?
9. Manjar blanco
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Author Bio: Maria Lucia Venegas Otoya is the latest contributor of this blog. This girl from Colombia spent many months traveling around the Philippines. She is currently in Cambodia and is set to travel the world.