Colombian Food: 1st Impressions

Posted on 12. May, 2009 by in colombia

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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

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:

  1. Fry eggs
  2. Heat milk
  3. Add eggs, onion, cilantro, bread

It tastes great for a cheap, high protein breakfast on the go.

Fruit Salads

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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3 Responses to “Colombian Food: 1st Impressions”

  1. Pamir

    21. Jun, 2009

    Personally, I don’t really like the bandeja paisa. It’s so much for tiny stomach like mine. And the changua… hmmm, it remembers me my dad… hehehe. So I prefer it when I’m sick or for the hangover. Anyway, in Colombia there are other dishes… I gonna to suggest you two of my favorites: Ajiaco and Tamal. Additionally, if u have the opportunity to go to Choachi or Fomeque, you’ll find very nice traditional bread and arepas home-made. I’ll be back in Colombia soon, and I’m already dreaming with the delicious food that I could get there… 😉

  2. Sam

    10. Jul, 2015

    Yup, having just returned from Colombia, you are definitely missing Ajiaco. Delish chicken soup with ALL the fixins: rice, avo, hot sauce, heavy cream, golden potatoes, assorted veggies, all in a very nice broth.

    Also, considering this site’s attention to ceviche in Peru, the ceviche in Colombia is ON FRIGGIN POINT. I preferred the fish ceviche which is made in a more traditional lime base to cook it, but the ceviche de camarone is also very interestingly prepared: raw cooked with lime garlic and onions, mixed with hot sauce and just a tad of mayo. Very unique, not what i expected, totally delicious.


  1. 10 Things To Eat in Bogota « My Web Dumpster - February 26, 2012

    […] This isn’t that great, but I needed some filler crap because Colombian food ain’t as good as Kool-Aid drinking expats would have you think. Changua is good for a cheap, fast, high-protein breakfast. Hot milk soup with eggs, onion, cilantro, and bread crumbs. Also good for cold, rainy weather (Bogota). I’ve found this to be seen as a lower-class breakfast. See myearlier changua post. […]

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