Here at Foodie Ling we love street food, it is so honest and comforting. Recently we found outselves some South American street food in the form of Candela on Goodwood Road. Situated near the tram line, do keep your eye out for it as it is a small shop. We were there by happenstance and left very happy.
Candela brings together flavours from Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and the Caribbean to showcase Latin American street food. The menu is simple but with enough variety. We decided to try a bit of everything but first, I spotted Malta, one of my favourite childhood drinks. Malta is a lightly carbonated malt drink, very rich and dark.
Yuca Frita or Cassava chips was a must for me, it reminds of the tapioca fritters and the street stalls sell back home in Malaysia. Unlike potato fries, they are a lot denser, sweeter and more filling. This was a serve of 6 chips served with Chipotle Mayo.
Yuca Frita $7.50
As usual we couldn’t decide so we went for Arepazo a platter of six mini arepas with different fillings:
Pelua – slow cooked shredded beef with cheese and sofrito
Catira – shredded chicken breast cooked with onion, cheese and sofrito
Pernil – pulled pork with gravy of capers, red win, cumin, oregano and orange juice
Asado Negro – slow cooked round steak with thick gravy
Vegy Fiesta – black beans with capsicum, onion, garlic, spices and cheese
Quinoa – fresh capsicum, carrots, parsley
They were all delicious especially the meat ones which were very tender and flavoursome. My personal favourite was the shredded beef. Arepa can be very filling as it is made from cornmeal, a cornmeal flatbread if you like. I rather liked it, a bit of a change from white bread buns.
El Mechado $12
We skipped to the burgers and got the El Mechado, a brioche bun burger with pulled skirt steak, fresh tomato, cheese, jalapenos and special mayo. I’m sure you can tell by the looks that it is a sloppy burger. Just enjoy for what it is and pretend nobody’s watching for a while. The flavours are great and there is not one dry bit of burger. We also got the Polloburger which was slow cooked chicken, fresh tomato, cheddar cheese, mustard, caramelized onion, mini french fries and pink mayo. Mini french fries being the crunchy potato chips in a bag type, also know as potato sticks. It does give each bite some crunch, the chicken burger was also a sloppy messy burger but full of flavour. Ask for extra serviettes!
It was a very satisfying and delicious meal all round, one that I would definitely return to again and again. There also full sized Arepas, Empanadas and Tacos. We will just have to slowly work our way through the menu!