Food in Venezuela
Arepas, which are thick maize tortillas split and filled with a variety of ingredients, are the classic Venezuelan meal. The “reina pepiada” (shredded chicken salad with avocado) and “domino” are the most well-known variants (stuffed with black beans and shredded white cheese). Hallacas (Venezuela’s native tamale, with pork, olives, raisins rolled in cornmeal and wrapped in plantain leaves to steam) are a traditional Christmas food. Cachapas (corn pancakes often covered with a salty cheese known as “telita” or “queso de mano”), empanadas (savory pastries), and the ubiquitous “perros calientes” (hot dogs) are popular street foods. Slow dining options include excellent fish dinners and a shrimp soup known as “cazuela de mariscos.”
The typical Venezuelan meal is pabellón, which consists of rice, black beans, and beef with fried plantain slices on the side. The meals listed above are known as “comida criolla,” or Creole cuisine.
Venezuela is a major producer of high-quality cacao beans, and Venezuelan chocolate may be delicious. The El Rey brand is known for its high quality.
Drinks in Venezuela
Venezuelan beers may seem light and watery to certain tastes, particularly those who like stronger and more complex beers. Polar is the most popular beer brand, and it comes in a low-calorie form (Polar Light), a light version (Polar Ice), and a premium version (Solera). Other beers available throughout the nation include Zulia and Regional. Whisky is extremely popular among Venezeulans, especially on special occasions. Venezuelan rum is usually black and of high quality. Among the finest is Santa Teresa’s “1796” brand. It’s rum from Solera. Pampero “caballito frenado” and Cacique are two more famous rum brands.
Venezuelans are big drinkers who will often go through a case of beer before breakfast on holiday days, only to follow up with a bottle of rum or whiskey after nightfall.
“Chicha Andina,” a popular non-alcoholic drink prepared from rice or maize flour, is a popular non-alcoholic drink.
Malta, sometimes known as Maltin, is a non-alcoholic carbonated malt drink marketed alongside conventional soft drinks. It is also produced by the Polar business.
Venezuelan coffee is delicious, but make sure you ask for real coffee (machine-made, ‘de la maquina’), otherwise you may be given a ‘negrito’ or ‘guayoyo,’ which may range from weak filter coffee to coffee-smelling brown water.