Arepas: what is an arepa and why you want to taste one.

If you have been checking our website you might have found some traces of latinity!

Now, our latin roots are even more present in our website and in our new product line: Arepa Shop!

Introducing Arepa Shop.

Arepa shop is Alma's concept to celebrate the Latin Roots and a multicultural world. Arepa Shop Amsterdam mixes two worlds loved by one soul.

Now, you might be wondering what is an arepa and why is it so significant.

We want to tell you everything we know about arepas, where they come from, what they mean to the northern latin culture, why you should try and arepa and why are they so important to us, Alma catering Amsterdam.

What is an Arepa?

So let's start with the basics. What's an arepa? An arepa is a dough formed into a patty. Most arepas are made of white cornmeal, water and salt.

Mayda Making arepas in Amsterdam
Arepa Shop Amsterdam

You first mix the ingredients in a bowl then you make a nice round dough ball, then you press it into a flat round piece of dough, a patty, and Voila! there you have your Arepa! You might be thinking it looks like a pita! yes, you are right! it does but it tastes better, if you ask me ;)

When you have your arepas ready! then you cook them, some people deep fried them and others, like us grilled them. The arepa grilling process looks like this:

Arepa Grilling process
Arepa Shop Amsterdam

Then when they are warm and ready you serve them as shown in this picture.

How do you eat Arepas?

Well, that's a great question because different people eat them differently. Although, there are a couple of trends very much related to the country where the eater comes from.

Let's start with the basics. You can use them like bread! just to eat that salsa or salsita you like so much!

Salsitas like these, for example. Spicy sauce, guasacaca an avocado-ish sauce that's really amazing or the famous Colombian hogao!

Let's learn from the best arepa eaters! Colombians and Venezuelans, same family couple of hundred years ago, still kind of like siblings fighting all the time but deep inside they love each other.

How do they eat Arepas in Venezuela?

Arepas in Venezuela are eaten usually split open and filled in with delicious ingredients, they can be grilled or fried!

By the way, split them open only when your arepas are warm, otherwise they brake!

ok. Where were we... So, Venezuelans... They have their traditional fillings. These fillings even have names, and everywhere you go that name corresponds to that same mix of ingredients or type of filling.

But really you can put in your arepa anything you like!

We encourage you to try different combinations! this mix of tastes can really surprise you.

Here couple of examples of how Venezuelans eat them!

Some of the most famous Arepa fillings are: