Beef is well loved by many all over the world and Colombia is not different.
In my hometown of Villavicencio, Beef (cow) of the highest quality is reared here; and so it is only fitting that the Llaneros (people of this region) prepare and serve a very tasty beef stew called “Goulash”.
Originally, the Goulash is from Medieval Hungary and it is one of the Country’s national dishes; it is said that in Hungary it can be served as a soup or as a stew. Notwithstanding, the Goulash has somehow found its way into the Colombian kitchen and unto its menus.
Treasures of Colombia: Goulash (Colombian Street Food)
By: Stacey - Ann Smith
This special beef stew is an excellent main course that is available on almost all lunch menus at high- end restaurants.
Colombian Goulash is like our Jamaican Stew Beef.
This dish contains beef that is cut up into cubes, these cubes are usually thick as a result of the parts of the cow used – shank and shoulder.
The beef cubes are cooked with:
- Diced Carrots (Zanahoria)
- Potatoes (Patata)
- Celery (Apio)
- String beans (Habichuelas)
- Sweet pepper (Pimentόn)
- Red wine (Vino tinto) is added near the end of the cooking process
The stew is then accompanied by mashed potato, rice or pasta.
I took my son out to a special lunch at Café Mali – my favorite café / restaurant, and on that day the Goulash was recommended to me by the waitress. Of course, I told her that I had no idea what it was and she told me not to worry its delicious (no te preocuoes…estά rico).
After the dishes were brought in, I then realized that it was just like our Jamaican stew beef with diced potatoes; and tasted just as great. Of course, I picked out all the string beans because I hate the green little buggers but it was certainly delicious.
I paid twelve thousand pesos (12000 COP) per plate – that would be approximately four hundred and ninety-five Jamaican dollars (495 JMD) as mentioned – per plate.
Cook up some Goulash and vegetables alongside mashed potatoes or rice today, with a tall glass of lemonade and enjoy.
About the writer:
Stacey Ann Smith is from Kingston, Jamaica. She is an alumna of Camperdown High School and she graduated from The Shortwood Teachers’ College having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages, Spanish and French. Presently, Stacey is an English teacher at a University in Colombia. She describes herself as a vivacious and loving person who also has a passion for traveling, taking pictures, her son Nicholas and Ashley, her adorable feline.
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