Chris’s Short Take: Oh Corn! Arepas and More
I’m a fool for a good rhythm section, and whoever the band was playing on the sound system at Oh Corn!- Arepas and More had everyone in the room swaying, working, or ordering to the driving beat of timbales, guiros, and a bass player that was out of his mind. The smell of fresh Arepas and Cachapas, along with aromatic spices from far away led me in like I was on a culinary leash.
Belkis Castro and Jose F. Theoktisto have brought something truly unique here from their native Venezuela. What a welcome addition to this culinary scene from a tradition we don’t often get exposed to here in the Capital District!
Arepas are a kind of sandwich made from cooking white corn then working it into a dough to be cooked into a bread.
The finished product isn’t unlike a corn-based English muffin. The process has been modernized by commercial preparation of cornflour, making the production of these tasty morsels much more accessible. They are stuffed with any of a number of fillings, beans, beef, or chicken, pork or any of a variety of fresh veggies.
Cachapas are a kind of slightly sweet tortilla/pancake made of yellow corn that is traditionally filled with fresh cheese, or mozzarella, but can also be filled with any of the fillings offered with the Arepas.
The snacks and sides look as good as the main event from the Maduros, (deep-fried ripe plantains) to Arepitas Fritas, ( little deep-fried arepas stuffed with Gouda cheese). A good variety of fresh-squeezed juices including Mango, Guava, Tamarind, and Papaya are available as well. There are goodies to bring home like these.
Follow that up with one of these desserts, and you’ve discovered another hidden culinary gem here in the Capital District.
Lunch or Dinner: An Arepa Reina Pepiada and a Coke will run about $11.00, but go ahead and get dessert and a couple of sides… you’ll be glad you did.
Oh Corn! Arepas and More
1505 State Route 9, Halfmoon, NY 12065
Tues. – Fri: 10 AM to 3 PM & 5 PM to 7 PM
Sat – Sun: 10AM to 3 PM