Colombian Street Food: Arepas Eick October 28, 2010 On the Road 3 Comments One of my favorite street foods in Bogota, Colombia was also one of the most ubiquitous: Arepas. For those unfamiliar with what an arepa is (as I was before my arrival in Bogota), it’s basically a patty made of cornmeal.Â It’s slightly wider than an english muffin but slightly thinner.Â An arepa could certainly be made that is “plain”, i.e. with no fillings, but that is rare. A “standard” arepa sold on the street is usually stuffed with cheese that is mixed in with the cornmeal.Â Sometimes street arepas are used to form “buns” and the center is filled with shredded pork, beef or a hamburger patty (see the arepas on the back of the grill in my picture). A standard arepa sells for 500 Colombian pesos on the street, or approximately $.25 in US dollars. After eating one arepa I was hooked, and made it a frequent purchase during my stay. So what is the secret to an arepa’s deliciousness? In short: butter. Lots and lots of butter. The cornmeal patty is slathered in butter before it’s put on the grill, and the vendor will usually smear another pat of butter across the top after removing it from the grill. A street arepa is typically served to you on a sheet of wax paper, and most vendors have condiments such as honey, powdered sugar or ketchup available for you to add on top. If you ever find yourself on the streets of Bogota, you can’t get much better, tastier street food than an arepa. Yum. The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Eick Latest posts by Eick (see all) Live in DC? Do More Tomorrow! - June 5, 2013 Surge Wins Discontinued Foods Bracket! - April 12, 2013 Discontinued Foods Bracket FINAL VOTE: Surge vs. Planter’s Cheez Balls - April 10, 2013 3 Responses WWB November 1st, 2010 Sounds like Colombian street vendors have made an acquaintance with Kitchen Confidential. Reply Karen February 6th, 2011 Just spent and afternoon in Cartegena and discovered arapas. The one I bought had cheese in it. The street vendor had a tube filled with the dough, squeezed some out and grilled it. So very good! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Current day month ye@r * Leave this field empty * Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.