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What's an Arepa?

Definition: Arepa

In San Francisco, plenty of ethnic street food specialties have come to the forefront, thanks to the proliferation of food trucks. The arepa is one that's gotten a lot of recent publicity.

The cornmeal flatbreads known as arepas are native to the countries of Colombia and Venezuela (although they are also found elsewhere, such as in Panama). They're made of ground corn, water, and salt, either grilled, baked, or fried, and then stuffed with a filling.

Arepa fillings vary widely depending on region and circumstance, but may include chicken and avocado, cheese and pulled meat, beans, plantains, or eggs. Have you ever tried arepas?

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Pretty-Little-Things Pretty-Little-Things 6 years
i had an arepa @ pica pica maize kitchen in napa at the oxbow public market. YUM different indeed. and they have these yucca fries which rock as well
yvettecq yvettecq 6 years
yum! had my first arepa about three weeks ago and i've had at least one (ok, two) a week since then. i have mine w/some "nata", black beans and platanos. i will need to attempt to make them at home.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
I like to make arepas at home. I fill mine with homemade salsa, black beans, and super ripe plantains fried in corn oil. They're not very hard to make, you can find the Masa at a mexican market and sometimes at the grocery store in the ethnic aisle. The bag is yellow and has a woman in red on it along with PAN in big letters.
bebe12485 bebe12485 6 years
YUM! My nana makes these. Fry once, fill with an egg -sort of like a pita -(and ground meat and cheese if you choose), and back into the oil to cook the egg. I've Americanized it a bit though, I love dipping them in Ketchup!
loveisblind loveisblind 6 years
Mmm. I've had some yummy ones. I've had arepas but only in Florida and California. Its been hard to find in Dallas!
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