Treasures of Colombia: Arroz de Camarrones (Colombian Street Food)

Ever felt like having something different from the norm for dinner or lunch?

Well, I strongly recommend Arroz de Camarrones’ – Shrimp seasoned rice.

I visited Tia Lily’s Restaurant here in Villavicencio and saw this dish on the menu board amongst other things. I am a shrimp lover and so I ignored the other dishes and went straight for the shrimp dish.

treasures of colombia with stacey ann smith

Treasures of Colombia: Arroz de Camarrones (Colombian Street Food)

BY: Stacey-Ann Smith

After waiting for about fifteen minutes this beautiful dish arrived and was served on a brownish, quailed banana leaf. I must say that the pink colour of the shrimp along with the green onions nicely complemented the quailed leaf.

When I saw it my mouth watered and so I started eating right away. Trust me…it did not disappoint; it had a great shrimpy flavor and it was well seasoned. It had a whole lot of onions and scallions along with Chinese roots (a vegetable) and green beans. For me the only thing that was missing from these ingredients was pepper.

This dish is a winner, both in taste and time preparation. Just steam some rice and sauté onions, scallions, Chinese roots, garlic, tomatoes and then add the shrimp to the skillet.

The shrimp can be any size according to your preference – large or small. Also, you can add your own touch by adding your preferred vegetables and spices.

I don’t know how much this dish cost because I didn’t pay for it, my friend Daniel did – his aunt owns the restaurant. However, I think it’s economical.

Don’t forget to try this at home.


About the writer:

Stacey Ann Smith is from Kingston, Jamaica.  She is an alumna of Camperdown High School and she graduated from The Shortwood Teachers’ College having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages, Spanish and French. Presently, Stacey is an English teacher at a University in Colombia.  She describes herself as a vivacious and loving person who also has a passion for traveling, taking pictures, her son Nicholas and Ashley, her adorable feline.


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