Popular Food and Drinks in Panama: What Should You Try in Panama?

Panama is a country on the American continent, precisely in parts of Central America.  Panama has an exotic feel, so for those of you who want to take a vacation, you will get a different experience in this country. If you visit Panama, don’t forget to try popular food and drinks in Panama. What are the popular and typical foods from Panama?

Carimañola

The first food that is popular and you should try named Carimañola. Carimañola is a type of fried pastry. This pastry contains chunks of cheese and meat (beef or chicken). This pastry is shaped like a torpedo. Pastry dough is very tasty because it is made from yuca. This food is suitable for consumption at breakfast or as a snack whilst playing bola 88 during the day. This food is very popular in Panama; you also find it in Brazil and Colombia.

Carimañola

Carimañola

Rope Vieja

Rope Vieja is a typical Panamanian food (and in other Caribbean countries) that you should try. Delicious Rope Vieja is a dish consisting of grated beef that has been cooked. On the plate, grated meat will be smothered in tomato ketchup sauce. Rope Vieja is usually enjoyed with fried black beans, rice, and yuca. You will get a savory, spicy, sour and sweetmeat.

Rope Vieja

Rope Vieja

Sancocho

For those of you who want soup food, you should try this food. Sancocho is a popular food and drink in Panama in the form of soup and, in Panama, is usually called sancocho de gallina. This food consists of pieces of chicken meat, yam, and cilantro. Yam serves to thick the sauce from sancocho and enriches the flavor of this soup. To add flavor and texture, usually also added with yuca, otoe, and mazorca. This soup color is clear, rather yellowish. However, in some areas, this soup can be yellow.

Tres leches

The next food that is popular in Panama comes from cake or dessert. Tres leches is a type of sponge cake that is doused with 3 types of sauce made from milk. The three milk sauces are evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream made from milk and placed on the cake. The combination of a soft sponge cake and the sweet taste of the three milk will close your meal with a sweet and perfect taste.

Tres leches

Tres leches

Chicha

Chicha is a kind of fermented (alcoholic) drink from maize or corn. There is also a non-fermented and non-alcoholic chicha called batido. In Panama, chicha is not only made from maize or corn, but also fruit. Chicha is usually enjoyed when there are parties or celebrations, such as juntas or tamboritos (people’s parties). However, you can easily find it in many cafes or restaurants.

Ron ponche

The last popular food and drinks in Panama are Ron ponche. Ron ponche is a type of alcoholic beverage that is similar to a cocktail. Ron ponche is a cocktail made from rum and mixed with evaporated milk, vanilla extract, and egg yolk. In Panama, this drink is usually consumed during the New Year or Christmas.