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Colombian food is not as good as Peruvian. Peru spoiled me. Colombian lunches include a piece of meat, rice, fries, and platano. I miss Peruvian food. These are some good plates I’ve discovered already.
Bandeja paisa was one of the first plates I ate in Colombia. All on the same plate is ground beef or a thin slice of steak, rice, beans, chicharron (homemade pork rind), arepa, avocado, chorizo, platano, and a fried egg.
Bandeja paisa is not for the kinds of people who don’t like different foods to touch. I eat the arepa and pork rind first. Then I douse the rice with aji and stir everything else together into a spicy slop of steak, rice, beans, egg, sausage, plantain, and avocado. Good for hangovers.
Some bandeja paisas come with morcilla, sausage casing stuffed with rice cooked in pig’s blood. Some variants have cow blood.
I had no idea what to expect when I ordered changua for breakfast in a diner. It’s a steaming soup made with milk, eggs, onion, cilantro, and bread. Here’s how I do it at home:
- Fry eggs
- Heat milk
- Add eggs, onion, cilantro, bread
It tastes great for a cheap, high protein breakfast on the go.
Colombian fruit salads are unique and available everywhere. In a bowl, cut up a dozen different kinds of fruit. Add cream, ice cream, and cheese. The cheese seemed odd with ice cream, but it’s good. With so much fruit it’s less guilty than most desserts.
The salad pictured has mango, melon, papaya, grapes, banana, peaches, tuna (cactus bulb), raisins, raspberries, strawberries, apple, and maraschino cherries. They’re almost difficult to put down with all that fruit plus three dairy foods, which expand in the stomach. I’m always stuffed after eating one.
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