Are you planning a trip to Venezuela? There is a lot you can do there but nothing stands out more than the food you’ll eat. Venezuela has a rich food culture full of African, European, and Native American influences.
On top of being unique, the exchange rate there allows it to be very affordable. You’ll be able to eat like a king on very little cash. Now there is only the matter of what are you’re going to eat first?
To help you decide, here are some of the best Venezuelan foods that you can get for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and of course, dessert.
Arepas are like small flour pitas. They are a favorite among Venezuelans as they are so versatile. They are filled with cheese, rice, pork, beans, eggs, and much more. It all depends on how adventurous the cook is.
Arepas can be enjoyed as a main dish or as a side for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are truly a staple food of Venezuela. Every restaurant, café and home kitchen can not do without them.
2. Pabellón Criollo
You can’t leave Venezuela without trying Pabellón Criollo. It’s the national dish of Venezuela after all. Pabellon Criollo is made out of pulled beef, black beans, and spicy rice.
It can be served in a variety of ways. The two more popular ways are, fried eggs served on top called Pabellón a Caballo and with fried eggs on top and plantains on the side, Pabellón con Barandas y a Caballo.
Cachitos are sort of like the Venezuela version of a croissant. They are buttery crescent rolls that are filled with cheese and ham. Cachitos are crispy on the outside and mouthwateringly soft on the inside.
They are mainly eaten as a breakfast dish along with some orange juice or Venezuelan coffee or as a quick snack when you’re running late in the morning.
We’ve been over a few meals but now we’re going to delve into something a bit sweeter. Mondoca are basically donuts but with a Venezuelan twist! They’re shaped sort of like a pretzel and made out of plantains and cornmeal.
You’ll get butter or cheese, queso fresco, on the side to dip them in to bring a little saltiness to the sweet. Many eat Mondoca for breakfast because they are super filling. Make sure to eat them warm.
Scrambled eggs are a breakfast classic around the world. Venezuela’s Perico takes this dish that you know and love and puts green peppers, onions, and tomatoes in it.
If you want a little extra protein you can have it made with ham or bacon. You can eat it by itself or you can enjoy it in a bun or of course, Venezuela’s ever present arepa.
Pasticho is otherwise known as the “Lasagna of Venezuela“. It’s made like your regular Italian Lasagna with layers of pasta, meat, and tomato sauce. The difference is in the spices.
The spices that are used in this lasagna have a little bit more of a kick, usually soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce. It also uses Bechamel sauce which makes it super creamy and super delicious!
Cachapas are kind of like Venezuelan pancakes and absolutely delicious. If you like arepas, chances are you’ll love cachapas too! Like arepas, cachapas main ingredient is corn or sometimes cornmeal.
The major difference in the two is that cachapas have sugar added to it’s preparation. The combination of the popular cachapa filling of queso blanco and the slightly sweet cachapa are a match made in heaven.
Venezuelan Food that You Must Try Out
There are many adventures you’ll have to take while you’re in Venezuela. One of them is the food.
There are a million different dishes for you to try but we feel like we’ve narrowed down the best Venezuelan food here. You’re going to want to try everything!
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