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“La Bandeja Tipica/Paisa” Colombia’s favorite dish

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colombian-foodEver wonder why Latinos love to eat? It’s because food is part of our culture. Even during this so called “recession” we have to have our Goya products. Whether it’s a ceviche, arepa, arroz con pollo or platanos, we have so much to choose from. Growing up I expected to eat rice, beans, chicken, steak, lentils, potatoes or something in between.

And as a Colombiano, our choices were endless, but every time I ate at a Colombian-themed restaurant, I needed by bandeja tipica (paisa). But what exactly does a bandeja tipica consist of? Well according to the Food network you need the following:

  • 4 cups red beans, or kidney beans
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 diced green plantains
  • 1 small carrot, grated or shredded
  • 1 pork trotter
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

And what do you get when you mix and match up all these ingredients?

Well you get rice, beans, grilled steak, chicharrón, chorizo, a fried egg and an arepa. Sounds like a lot huh? Although it is a lot, you’re going to 1) not pay a lot and 2) end up taking some home. This is the typical (hence the name) Colombian dish. For anyone who never tried Colombian food or even Latino food for that matter would be safe ordering this dish.

Although nothing beats one of these by dear ol’ abuelita or mom, if you’re ever in Philadelphia, I suggest going to Tierra Colombiana or Mixto.

- Eric

Originally from New Jersey but currently residing in Philadephia, Eric enjoys the variety of options he has to do during his free time. Colombiano, Latino Greek, Social media friendly, Tatted up, Working (gophila), Eric is an all-around guy who stays positive and enjoys the company of others.

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