Welcome to Orlando Snack Cafe.
Located in Orlando, Florida. Locally owned and operated offering the Best Latin American Cuisine specialized in Venezuela Typical Food.
Brief Description of Our Typical Food
The Arepa is a flat, unleavened patty made of cornmeal which can be grilled, baked, or fried. The characteristics of the arepa vary from region to region: It may vary by color, flavor, size, thickness, garniture, and also the food it may be stuffed with. Arepa is a native sort of bread made of ground corn, water, and salt which is fried into a pancake-like bread. It is either topped or filled with meat, eggs, tomatoes, salad, cheese, shrimp, or fish.
Venezuelan Empanadas use corn flour based dough and are fried in oil or lard, but can be baked too. The stuffing varies according to region; most common are white salty cheese, shredded chicken or beef and ground beef.
Cachapas are a traditional Venezuelan dish made from corn. Like arepas, Cachapas are popular at roadside stands. They can be made like pancakes of fresh corn dough, or wrapped in dry corn leaves and boiled (cachapa de hoja). The most common varieties are made with fresh corn that is ground and then mixed into a thick batter and cooked on a budare like pancakes; the cachapa is slightly thicker and lumpier because of the pieces from corn kernels.
Cachapas are eaten with “Queso de mano” (Hand Cheese), a soft, mozzarella-like cheese. Cachapas can be very elaborate, some including different kinds of cheese, milky cream, or jam. They can be prepared as an appetizer or a full breakfast, depending on the size.
A tequeño is prepared with a bread dough with queso blanco (white cheese) in the middle. It is formed into a breadstick and then usually fried. It is one of the most popular Venezuelan snack foods in parties, especially weddings. It is said that a party is not a true Venezuelan party without tequeños.
In Venezuelan cuisine, an Hallaca (alt. spelling, “hayaca”) typically involves a mixture of beef, pork, chicken, capers, raisins, and olives wrapped in maize (cornmeal dough), bound with string within plantain leaves, and boiled or steamed afterwards. It is typically served during the Christmas holiday.
Pabellón criollo is a traditional Venezuelan dish, the local version of the rice and beans combination found throughout the Caribbean. It is a plate of rice, shredded beef and stewed black beans that is considered by many to be the Venezuelan national dish.