Dish #1: Sopa de Vegetales aka Mamma’s Home-Made Soup
Our cultures may be different, but every culture has comfort food. This vegetable soup was light and warm, a welcoming opener to the meal.
What we learnt: Venezuelans are warm and welcoming.
Dish #2: Arepas, Tequenos, Empanadas
Arepas are little maize pancakes, tequenos are mozarella cheese sticks breaded with cornmeal, and empanadas are little pastry moons filled with savoury meats such as fish, chicken and beef (aka curry puff).
All are deep-fried till golden and served with the most addictive Guasacaca (like herby, runnier guacamole) and tartare sauce.
What we learnt: Ground maize (that’s corn to you), is a staple. Be amaized, cause you’re gonna see it everywhere.
Dish #3: La Catira Arepa
Breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner – anytime is arepa time! This warm arepa was filled with tasty tender pulled chicken and topped with grated cheese. A sandwich like a hug.
What we learnt: Their snacks are laid-back and relaxed, does this translate to the people?
Dish #4: Pabellon Criollo
Venezuelans eat rice too! This combination of white rice with sides of pulled beef, black beans, avocado and fried plantain is somewhat similar to Asian rice dishes, but also so very different – the use of ingredients and spices is intriguing. And rice is nice, so we are joined in the sisterhood of rice.
What we learnt: This is a culture full of colour and spice! All through lunch, the team sang and shimmied to the Venezuelan music on the radio, and we DO like people who can’t help but sing and dance.
Dish #5: Quesillo
Creamy and luscious with a slight bitter tang, quesillo is a traditional caramel custard/pudding. We loved the refined yet down-to-earth flavours, a perfect end to the meal!
What we learnt: Simple yet elegant, like Carolina Herrera – are all other Venezuelans like her?
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Visit: Lot A-G-2 Amplewest @Menara 6, No. 6, Jalan Puncak, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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