The food and cuisine in Venezuela have many traditional European influences (especially Italian, Spanish & French) and is quite delicious and flavourful. You can also find indigenous as well as some African influence in the Venezuelan food and cuisine.
As Venezuela is such a beautiful and diverse country, each Venezuela region has its distinctive regional flavor and cooking.
On the coast of this country, you’ll find high-quality fish, shellfish, fish soups as well as fish stews. In the Andean region of Venezuela, the food and cuisine are quite different. Even the most famous food, the “Arepa,” is not made of cornmeal but only wheat.
Herein this region of the world you can find cured meats & the sausages which are usually sold in many rural villages. It would help if you never missed the famously fresh and delicious trucha (trout) dishes from the many Andean streams & lakes.
The food and cuisine in the Amazon region are quite different from the rest of Venezuela. Besides the main food ingredients like yucca, corn, beans, and bananas, some food lovers even eat turtles, tapirs, birds & deep fried ants.
But you could also eat on ‘Casabe,’ which is a bread made out of yucca. Meat lovers will enjoy the parrillas (which is a mixed grill) in Venezuela as the quality of meat is quite high in this area, and the prices are low. You can choose between muchacho (a roast beef), Solomon (known as sirloin) & lomito (steak).
The Famous Cinnamon Rolls of Venezuela
Golfeados is the Venezuelan take on popular cinnamon rolls. This cheesy, sticky pastry usually consists of milk, yeast, sugar, eggs, butter, & grated cheese. It is flavored with fresh cinnamon, vanilla, & star anise.
Halfway through the baking process, Venezuelan golfeados are glazed with melado, which is a simple syrup based on panela.
As a result, these tasty pastries are a bit crunchy on the exterior, while these pastries’ interior remains soft, cheesy, & buttery. It is recommended that you should serve the delicious golfeados with a cup of robust coffee.
Cuisines of Venezuela
The round maize loaf in Venezuela is usually made of corn. The “Pavillion” is known as Venezuela’s national food and is made of black beans, rice, banana slices & meat. The “Hallaca” is a tasty wrap with meat, olives, hot sauce, and fresh corn cooked in banana leaves.
The “Caracas Pabellón” is also a popular Venezuelan traditional food and cuisine. The main food ingredients for this delicious dish are black beans, white rice & stuffed meat. This amazing dish changes its name into “Pabellon con Baranda” if this dish has also sliced fried plantains.
The Caracas ‘Hallaca’ (old Venezuelan dish) is quite rich in healthy food ingredients & the “Hallaca” dish contains seedless tomatoes. Beef, Chicken, and meat is the main ingredient for the delicious “Hallaca.” This tasty Venezuelan food and cuisine are entirely wrapped in plantain leaves.
The “Cachapa” is the Venezuelan omelet made of sweet corn, milk, salt & Sugar. In different Venezuela areas, the “Cachapa” is known as “Cachapa de Hoja” and is usually made of the same food ingredients. The only thing that changes this dish is that the omelet is wrapped in corn leaves & boiled later.
The tasty Venezuelan “Mondongo” was first inspired by the Spanish “Callos or Tripas.” In the country’s central region, the “Mondongo” is made up of cow’s feet or the tripe. In the eastern region, this food is made of tripe, Offal & small meat pieces.