Colombian food is quite a treat if you can find it in New Mexico. I enjoy eating the cuisine as often as I can because it is unique to the culture and lifestyle from Colombia. In this latest post at Eat Local NM, the Bandeja Paisa is a great plate to relish in the taste of Colombian food.
First, let me introduce to you Colombian arepas. Arepas are corn meal cakes that are baked, usually tough and served warm–just think of a very thick, hockey-puck size and shaped corn tortilla. But the Colombian arepas are unlike what I just described. They have a cheesy interior and have a soft buttery taste that simply melts in your mouth! If you intend on going, I recommend ordering their Colombian arepas.
After the arepas, I ordered the Bandeja Paisa. This dish consists of a lot of meat, including a strip of steak, chorizo, and chicharron. The chorizo is a Colombian-style sausage with a variety of meats, and the chicharron is a strip of deep-fried pork rind. These meats are very delicious if you have a penchant for a variety of meat choices. Along with the meat, this plate comes with rice, beans, a cooked egg, an avocado slice, and cooked plantains.
The intended audience for this appetizer and plate are for those seeking something different and those who have lived in or visited Colombia. This dish looks similar to what you might find on a farm: eggs, meat, beans, rice. So if you like eating those items, this dish is for you.
Colombian Arepas ~ $4
Bandeja Paisa ~ $11
El Pollo Real
600 Lousiana Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108