For this holiday season, we recommends you our special selection of the top 5 dishes from the Caribbean coast.
Fried fish with coconut rice, plantain fritters and salad
This is the city’s dish par excellence, ideal for a seaside meal. Usually made with freshly caught red snapper, you can choose the size and weight to suit you. Seasoned with salt, pepper and lemon, they are then coated in flour and fried. They come accompanied with coconut rice, plantain fritters and a tomato and onion salad.
Using rice as the base, this Caribbean dish is made with chicken or pork stock, meat, carrots, peas, olives, capers and yellow annatto, wrapped in a green bijao leaf, tied with string and steamed. This is a delicacy enjoyed primarily at the turn of the year.
Arepa de huevo
Known locally as the egg empanada, this is the result of a mix of indigenous corn usage, Spanish egg tortillas and African fried foods, passed down through the generations. Crunchy on the outside, the egg yolk should break with your first bite. Usually enjoyed with a spicy sauce or local sour cream.
If you get the chance to try one cooked over firewood, all the better. The classic option, although hard to find, is made with coconut milk. As well as fish, the filling soup contains chicken, beef, ribs, yucca, potatoes, yams and plantain, cooked in a delicious stock with onion, bell pepper and sweet chili, and can be made using a variety of fish.
This is by far the Caribbean coast’s most popular fruit. Small, round, dark red, acidic and refreshing, these fruits are cooked to soften before the water is separated from the fruit. The pulp gives this juice its characteristically deep color and concentrated taste. The refreshing juice is served with sugar and ice to taste.