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Culinary Vocabulary

Aborrajados►Banana dessert.

Almojábana► Type of bread made with cheese and flour; also called pan de bono.

Arepa► Corn-flour patty that can come plain or stuffed with other ingredients. Popular as a breakfast food; also found in Venezuela.

Arequipe► Soft caramel made out of milk and cinnamon.

Arracacha► Elongated tuber that is brown on the outside and yellow on the inside.

Auyama►Though in the dictionary it means pumpkin, Colombians call auyama

a type of squash with green peel and orange insides.

Batata► Sweet potato.

Bocadillo►A sweet made out of the guayaba (guava) fruit. Sometimes people call bocadillo a small snack.

Buñuelo► A deep-fried dough served as dessert with syrup.

Caldocorto► Broth made out of legumes and herbs. It is used to cook fish and seafood.

Cañón► Pork meat.

Caspiroleta► Drink made out of milk, eggs, brandy, cinnamon and sugar.

Champús► Traditional beverage prepared with corn meal, corn, cinnamon, panela (raw sugar) and fruits like pineapple and lulo.

Changua► Soup made out of milk, onion, cilantro and egg.

Chicharrón► Fried pig skin.

Cuchuco► Barley and pork meat soup.

Curuba► Acidic fruit of yellow skin and lots of small seeds.

Guasca► An edible leaf.

Malta► Sweet drink made out of barley, not fermented.

Marranitas► Little balls prepared with pork rind and plantain.

Merengues► Also known as besitos, or kisses, these baked sweets are made of beaten egg whites and sugar. They are found all over Latin America.

Muchachorelleno► Literally “stuffed boy,” the dish is actually stuffed beef.

Oblea► Thin, round cookie wafer made of flour and water. It’s served with jams and sweet sauces or caramel.

Pasabocas► Finger foods served in social gatherings. Generally come on a toothpick or over a small cracker.

Patacón► Found in other adjacent countries, this side dish is made from plantains cut, squashed and fried.

PocilloTintero► A small cup of coffee.

Ponqué► Basic cake made out of flour, butter, eggs and sugar.

Salpicón► Drink made out of juice of varying flavor with diced fruit. It can also mean a beef or fish stew.

Tinto► Strong black coffee.

Zapote► A fruit of brown peel and fibrous, orange insides with a big, black seed in the middle.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Colombia: Colombian Food and Drink, Dulce de Pata, Juan Valdez and Chocolate Bogotano.

28 Sep 2011

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