24.11.14

| Food | Empanada Fam


We reckon that we're splendidly lucky to have a market right on our doorstep. It's just a small one, but what Ridley Road lacks in size, it certainly makes up for its variety of sights, sounds and smells. It is like having a chunk of the world on our doorstep. Jamaican groceries, West African dried goods, Indian spices, Jerk Chicken, Roasted Corn, Middle Eastern bread, fabric, haberdashery, black hair and beauty goods, Ethiopian stews, Trinidadian rotis, fruit and veg by the bowl-full and my current favourite things......Colombian empanadas freshly made and hot out of the fryer to keep my hands warm and my belly happy!

There were some anxious weeks when our Colombian friends vanished from the market which caused some moping about on my part. Happily, they did return and I was so happy to see them that I ran up to them to welcome them back. I think they were bemused with my jittery enthusiasm. Now whenever I see the Colombian flag aloft in the market, I know it will be a good day!












Colombian empanadas are a popular fried snack made using a coarse yellow or white corn flour wrap stuffed with stewed beef, pork or chicken and potatoes. They are usually eaten with Hogao which is a type of relish made of tomato, onions, chillies and coriander. If you are east African is similar to kachumbari. 

Now we are no means experts on empanadas but we have tried quite a few in London. The fab little South American market in Seven Sisters do some great ones (if you have not been here yet, you really must! It's not like being in London at all!). The little eateries beneath the railway arches in Elephant & Castle also have some tasty offerings. However, none can beat the ones we get on Ridley Road for just £1 each.


14 comments:

  1. I don't think I've ever tried empanadas before but they look like my kind of food... my stomach is rumbling looking at that picture haha.

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  2. Any day that involves empanadas is a good one, as far as I'm concerned. Personally, the Chilean variety is my favourite, but I think that's largely because those are the ones that were most available near me when I was growing up. I recently had a Salvadorean version that was totally different and these Colombian ones look completely different, too! Just means I have more eating to do ;)
    xox,
    Cee

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  3. Next time I'm at a food market I must try these!

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  4. Do! Try the ones made by Colombians - they are very good!

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  5. Yaaay! Glad you like them too Cee. I have yet to try Chilean ones - are they baked or fried?

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  6. Yummy! It looks like 'curry puff', a local delicacies over here in Malaysia. Usually stuffed with chicken curry and potatoes. I'd love to try empanadas!

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  7. My Mom is Venezuelan so we grew up with empanadas, ours is a bit different. But I tried some Cuban ones and those were great too. The guiso was similar to the ones we put in hallacas. Now I feel like home cooking.

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  8. Hahaha it's the vinyl stuff you buy by the roll!

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  9. Ahhhh! Hello Danielle! Venezuelan empanadas are also made with Harina P.A.N no? There is a Venezualan stall in a weekend market not far from me and although I always want to they their empanadas I fall for the cachapas with cheese and chicharrón every time!

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  10. Am hungry now...those look so good :))))))) xx

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  11. They sure are. We make our cachapas with Harina pan also. Mine are not as good as Mom's and Granny's. Do they make it with fresh corn and serve with queso blanco? Have you tried arepas? They are the best for breakfast. Now I am getting hungry.

    I am in Los Angeles, and there have not found places with Venezuelan or Carribean food. That's comfort food for me.

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  12. AAAAH!!! I WANT TO TRY YOUR CACHAPAS!!!!!! We are lucky here in London in that we have large enough South American little pockets of communities and little markets of run by Venezuelan, Colombian and Ecuadorian people. This means that we get to try all sorts of new things. I noticed that they are all so generous with their portions and always so warm and welcoming.


    We also have a large Caribbean presence here especially where I live and that is so good for us not only for the food, but the music too!


    I am so happy that you found and commented on our blog! SO HAPPY! Thank you!

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