Category EAT

the ubiquitous chocoflan

It’s Easter so let’s talk about something eggy. The other day it occurred to me that I should write about chocoflan, a immensely popular dessert and therefore a common presence in Bogotá. It’s a genius invention that solves the dilemma of choices because you get crème caramel and chocolate cake in one dessert. Sometimes you can […]

Watery milk soup – Not for the faint-hearted

  Indeed, just the look of the white frothy soup dish, changua, may be a shock to anyone. Changua’s a prominent member on Bogotá’s breakfast menu. It makes up city’s psyche. Talk to any Bogotanos (most, anyway) about changua and it’s likely that they’ll give you a longing, happy look. It’s the ultimate comfort food of […]

The contestable Bogotá Best Burger

I’ve been in a bit of a burger addiction phase lately. That means I’ve been spending every week hunting down new burger joints. As I have written previously, Bogotá has somehow made the American invention a national food, so it’s a great place for the burger lover or connoisseur; there’s something for every diet, religion, […]

Colombians favorite oat drink..

Oat drink, coined avena (oat) here, is a ubiquitous component in the daily Colombian diet. It’s drunk at breakfast, tea time, or as a sure fix for sudden peckishness any time during the day. Colombians love it. It may be one of the things (along with arepa) they’d miss for when they’re abroad. But it’s […]

The notorious Colombian toffee

Colombian sweets/desserts take sweetness to a whole different level, on par of the Middle-eastern sweet pastry baklava or the Indian Jalebi! So you have a sweet tooth? Not a problem! Get some arequipe! Arequipe is equivalent to the more commonly circulated name, dulce de leche, in Spain and many other Latin American countries e.g. Argentina. It […]

Tree tomato?!!

I was in a small, typical Colombian cafe (you know, one of those that look scruffy but dish up amazing food, just like those in HK!) when I first came across this peculiar oval-shape fruit. Apparently tree tomatoes are different from the usual ones that we put in our salad or pasta..  I had a […]

DUNK IT like Dunkin

Dunkin has done very well in Colombia, especially among the middle class, by offering good value. And they fit in well here because Colombians have a very sweet tooth. Their desserts are very sweet and a lot of which are made from milk and a kind of caramel (arequipe). So Dunkin has definitely got their […]

Learning about the regional nuances of Colombian cuisine

For those who have had enough of beans and potatoes from the Andean cuisine, costeña food offers a reprieve with its interesting fusion of Caribbean presence (fish-bias) and Arabic influence (which includes falafel and aubergine-filled tamales!). The sweet and fluffy coconut rice and round, ball-shaped butifarra sausages certainly make an interesting change from plain rice and […]

What can you drink besides coffee in Colombia?!

The answer is an Aromatica! In a country of which its name is synonymous with coffee, it is hard to find an alternative hot drink. Coffee is so ubiquitous that it’s drunk everywhere, at any time of the day, in the form of a tinto, a black coffee. However, few people know that majority of the […]

Western desserts marry Colombian flavors :)

Dulce Mini Mal is all about innovation. The café dishes out divine cakes and tarts using ingredients that are typically representational of ‘Colombia’, championing ‘all-things-Colombian’. So instead of going to a patisserie expecting all the familiar options like Oreo cheesecake or chocolate gateaux, you will find a creative take on sweets, such as the guava […]