Yesterday we visited the Paloquemao market in Bogotá: a huge arena for all things foody and flowery. I took many pictures, especially of the tropical fruits, and will post them soon.
Today, though, in keeping with my daily food post, I want to highlight perhaps the best snack I’ve had in this country—and I’ve had quite a few in my limited time here.
While browsing the market, I noticed a stall that was quite busy, even at 9 a.m. I also knew that “lechon” was Spanish for “suckling pig.” This merited investigation. (Click pictures to enlarge.)
Inside the stall, prone on a slab, was one huge roasted pig, not a suckling. Between its crispy golden skin and succulent flesh was a layer of rice (with some peas) that had been roasted with the pig:
The crowd was getting variously sized portions of the porker and rice, snipped from the beast with a pair of scissors. Some had big plates, some small, and others had portions wrapped and steamed in banana leaves:
Natually, I had to have some. For the equivalent of $2 I got a small but filling portion, complete with a piece of crispy skin (the best part, of course), and an arepa, the Colombian tortilla. I must say that this is one of the best street foods I’ve had in any land.
What a great breakfast! If Anthony Bourdain hasn’t eaten here, he should.