For those who are unaware, the dish that is our namesake here at halfwayfoods is one of the most delicious and well rounded in all of Bolivian cuisine. The Silpancho is a steak that is flattened with a stone until it is round, breaded, fried and placed on a be of rice and potatoes. The masterpiece is complete when it is topped with a fried egg and a salad which best resembles pico de gallo for those of us in the northern hemisphere.
Like a hamburger up north, one needs to know where to find a good Silpancho. When searching for such a place, we pass along a strikingly simple way to assure that you will be served a fresh Silpancho, passed along to us by our father-in-law, a Bolivian food connaisseur: Eat at a busy restaurant.
Such a place in Cochabamba, where arguably the best Silpanchos on the planet are served, is called the “Palacio del Silpancho, which is located just off the plaza 25 de mayo. On Avenida America rests another worthy Silpancheria, “La Casa del Sillpancho.” One will note their use of the double LL, which in this case is a throwback to the Quechua origins of the dish (the Quechua spelling is Sillp’anchu).
Next time you find yourself in Cochabamba, don’t miss this culinary treat, along with the choco burger and anitcuchos from the vendors on Villaroel.
Pique a lo Macho is, as it sounds, one of the more manly dishes on the planet, and is one of the many dishes that endeared us to our better half. Essentially, it is a meat and potatoes plate that is fried and has a fuerte kick. Its kick is owed to the onion and peppers added. Doused in beer and far superior to hot wings, it is a great we to take in your meat and sausages. Ingredients needed:
1 pound of beef
1 Red pepper
1 Green pepper
1 Chile locoto (a Bolivian chile, just find the hottest fresh jalepeño if locoto is not readily available)
1 Bottle of beer
Then, grab your cutting board and frying pan and go to work!
The dish is rumored to have originated in the Restaurante Miraflores on Calle Tarija of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Such claims, as they are many, are impossible to substantiate. All we can say is that they cook up a mean Pique. Enjoy!
The Salteña is a staple of Bolivian street food. Its closest food cousin is the Empanada, for which it would never be confused.
While the Salteña is small and has a simple appearance, there is a definate art to making it. There is also an art to eating one. The Salteña has the power to turn the elevensies into something spectacular.
The following is a report of the Salteña fair in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2010. Enjoy and eat well!
A tremendous Bolivian dish with all of the best ingredients: Pulled pork, garlic, salt, cumin, and beer! A Bolivian delight, served on the streets of Cochabamba can now be made right in your kitchen! Great with choclo (hominy) or fried yucca. Courtesy of the Frugal Chef: