Culinary secrets of Colombian cycling, part 6: Patacon Pisa'o (with Orica-Green Edge's Esteban Chaves)

Photo: directoalpaladar

Photo: directoalpaladar

As part of my ongoing series about Colombian food and cycling (you can see past installments here), today I bring you: Patacon Pisa'o, smashed fried plantain with toppings. To be fair, other countries have their own iteration of this dish (as proof, here's a fantastic Dominican song about his dish) . But there is no other dish that I associate more with traveling to Colombia. That's because the moment I arrive, I seek one of these out. Hell, even ones from mall food courts are insanely good.

In the video below, Orica-Green Edge's Esteban Chaves (and his girlfriend) show you how to make this dish, including the very pro approach of using an Amstel Gold race bible as a kitchen utensil.

In watching this video, I was impressed with Esteban's English. I spoke to him only a year ago, and he mentioned how he'd have to learn English to communicate with teammates. It's fantastic to see what a difference a year makes.

Interestingly, in that interview, he talked about his injuries from two years ago, and the horrible surgery he had to undergo, in which he described having to be cut up "like a plantain". Which brings us full circle to the video below. Enjoy!

As a reminder, I also wrote about Esteban's family, and the cycling academy that his father runs for Manual For Speed. You can read those pots here, here and here.

Photo: Manual For Speed

Photo: Manual For Speed

And lastly, here's another video you may enjoy. A New York City bike messenger riding through the streets of Medellin, talking about the differences between the two cities.