This is ingenious. Plátano, or plantain in English, is like a banana that you normally get but multiply that by 4 times please. There you get a plátano, an all time favourite garnish on the Colombian dining table.

The way patacón is made is that first of all you have to cut the plantain into big chunks, and then deep fry the chunks, and then put them between 2 wooden boards and ‘SMASH’! There you go! It’s like a big fat chip but less oily.  Sweet.


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