The reason for writing about arepa is that it embodies quintessentially what Colombian cuisine represents – filling, comforting and warming. Arepa is so commonly eaten in Colombia that its status can be compared to that of toasts in the UK! Arepa is consumed as breakfast, a snack, lunch and dinner.
Put it simply it’s a cornbread in the shape of a pancake. Like tamales, arepas also come in numerous of different forms, shapes and sizes! They can be as big as a regular plate, or as small as a ping-pong ball (such as the arepa antioqueña from Medellin, the second largest city in Colombia). They can be yellow or white depending on the kind of corn that has been used. They can be sweet, salty, or tasteless.. They can be dry and hard, chewy (if made from yucca, a kind of root vegetable), or soft if cheese is used as the filling (those are the best by the way).. You can have arepas costeñas, which are arepas from the Caribbean coast, deep fried with an egg-filled middle; or arepas served like open sandwiches like the ones from the Nordics..