13 Traditional Colombian Dishes (& where to eat them in Melbourne)
You might be familiar with arepas, but did can you name Colombia’s national dish or the three unfamiliar ingredients on a Colombian hot dog (spoiler alert, one of them is potato crisps)? Read on for a snappy list of traditional Colombian dishes with suggestions on where to order them in Melbourne.
Translating to “heated”, calentado is a Colombian breakfast from the Andean region made from last night’s leftovers. Usually that means refried rice and beans, served with a fried egg, arepa and a mix of meat – perhaps chorizo or ground beef. Enjoyed with coffee or hot chocolate, the latter of which can contain melted cheese.
In Colombia tamales are made from masa (maize dough) and wrapped in plantain or banana leaves. There are different varieties including Santafereños/Bogotanos style, which can be made with any combination of sausage, chicken or pork, egg, potato, vegetables and chickpeas; ball-shaped Tolimenses-style tamales from Tolima; and pork-laden Antioqueños from the Antioquia region, to name a few.
Also known as lechon asado, this special-occasion dish consists of a whole pig, stuffed with rice, spices and vegetables and roasted in an outdoor brick oven for around 10 to 12 hours.
Order from: Berbeo Bros offers individual portions
Officially Colombia’s national dish, bandeja paisa is also the country’s most filling. Always generous, it includes a huge platter of red beans, pork, white rice, chicharron, minced meat, chorizo, morcilla, a fried egg, arepa, avocado and sauces.