Colombian bread snack series – Pan de yuca


U-shape pan de yuca that’s been split into halves

Bakery products is one of the tastiest things available in Colombia (that is, at least, in my opinion)!! I have written about almojábanas and empanadas before, but there are still so many more.

As its name suggests – it’s the ‘bread of yuca’. Yuca is actually cassava, a native root vegetable, that’s comparable to potato or carrot, in South America. Pan de yuca is made from yuca flour, which is also called tapioca in some other countries.

Although it often comes in a U-shape, you’ll have double-check with the bakery if you are ever going to buy one, because it can also come in the shape of a donut, a bun, or a bite-size cookie dough.

Pan de yuca is chewy, and the dough has been rolled with cheese so it has a full savory flavor. It’s a popular choice for once, the tea/dinner time that is traditionally at about 5pm (although nowadays, with office work dominating the Colombian city life, once is more of a weekend luxury).

For those who have addictions to bread or anything chewy (that’s me, unfortunately..), you may want to think twice before getting your hands on one of these..



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  2. […] as Panamanian (by the way I only found out today that things from Panama are Panamanian..!!). Like pan de yuca, carimañola is made of yuca […]

  3. […] the difference between a granadilla and a maracuya, or the difference between a pandebono and a pan de yuca, you will often get a puzzled […]

  4. […] Yuca – the omnipresent root vegetable that lurks around every corner of Colombian menus, kitchens and dining tables. It’s an amazing vegetable that seems to be extremely versatile! You can eat it on its own, deep fried or boiled, use it as part of your soup as an alternative to potatoes to make it more filling, or as a complement to your main course as yuca chips! […]

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