Roldanillo is ready for a food revolution. There is nothing so fantastic that I want to learn to cook, although I enjoy the rice and beans and the chicken feet soup very much. That is the extent of the culinary excitement here.. I’m anxious to go to a larger city to try more urban fare.
There is some interesting street food though. Masamora.. Is one of my favorites… Not because it is good, it really isn’t very tasty, but it’s origin is interesting… A fellow drives around on his moped with a giant kettle on the back.. He shouts that he has MASAMORA! He honks his horn and shouts how much and how delicious it is… The cost is accurate but I think it may not be as “Rico” as he insinuates. In the kettle, there is room temperature milk and corn… It may be canned…the corn.. Or not. Hard to say. There are not any spices. He takes a long handled ladle and scoops a big cupful out. It’s very thin.. The soft corn kernels only fill up the very bottom layer much like a thin soup. It is served with a piece of square brown guava candy wrapped in a banana leaf. You remove the wrapper, bite the soft candy, then take a spoon of soup. Mix it together in your mouth and it is instantly sweeter.. This is a dish invented by the farmhands.. It is nutritious, inexpensive, and delivers a few hours of productive energy.
Most of the rest of the street food I have seen is on a stick.. And cooked on a grill. It is inexpensive, much healthier than most of the fried foodstuffs and will satisfy a budget conscious traveler. Stuffed chicken wings… Pretty much a fat, red, oblong, chicken hot dog attached to the very tip of a chicken wing…. And heated on the grill. Chicken skewers, skewer with sausage, plantains grilled (super good…stuffed with cheese too.) corn on the cob, corn cakes, and the ubiquitous arepa.
Chontaduro. A red, bunch of fruit cut from palm trees. I think they boil first then peel, put a handful in a ziploc bag.. If you’d like, they will then salt and/or sweeten these unpleasant treats…. It doesn’t make it any better…. They are inexpensive, nearly tasteless and pasty. The Colombians…I think.. do not like a lot of spice in their food, I will withhold judgment until I have visited some larger cities though.
Lots of ice cream vendors, lots of fruit and fruit juice stands. Papaya, guyabanana, and mango are the most popular.