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are a traditional Venezuelan dish made from corn. Like arepa
An arepa is a dish made of ground corn dough or cooked flour, popular in Colombia, Venezuela and other Spanish-speaking countries. It is similar in shape to the Salvadoran pupusa...
, they are popular at roadside stands. They can be made like pancakes of fresh corn dough, or wrapped in dry corn leaves and boiled (cachapa de hoja
). The most common varieties are made with fresh ground corn mixed into a thick batter and cooked on a budare
, like pancake
A pancake is a thin, flat, round cake prepared from a batter, and cooked on a hot griddle or frying pan. Most pancakes are quick breads; some use a yeast-raised or fermented batter. Most pancakes are cooked one side on a griddle and flipped partway through to cook the other side...
s; the cachapa
is slightly thicker and lumpier because of the pieces from corn kernels.
are traditionally eaten with Queso de Mano
Queso de mano is a type of soft, white cheese most commonly associated with Venezuelan cuisine. It is most commonly used as a filling for arepas and cachapa. The taste and consistency of the cheese most closely resembles that of mozzarella.-Preparation:Queso de mano is prepared using a...
(hand[made] cheese), a soft, mozzarella-like cheese, and occasionally with fried pork chicharrón
on the side. Cachapas
can be very elaborate, some including different kinds of cheese, milky cream, or jam. They can be prepared as an appetizer, generally with margarine, or as a full breakfast with hand cheese and fried pork.
In Costa Rica
Costa Rica , officially the Republic of Costa Rica is a multilingual, multiethnic and multicultural country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east....
are similar, but sweeter.