Mora Castilla

As a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, one can’t visit Popayán without trying its unique local cuisine. The locals sent us to Mora Castilla, a small and simple restaurant in the historic city center that many regard as the best place to sample payanés delicacies.

We arrived at 10am sharp just as the doors were opening. We had to wait a few minutes for the owner to prep, but he was very friendly and excited about our eagerness to try these special dishes. We arrived at 10am sharp just as the doors were opening. We had to wait a few minutes for the owner to prep, but he was very friendly and excited about our eagerness to try these special dishes.

Mora Castilla in Popayán, Cauca, Colombia

Mora Castilla

Mora Castilla in Popayán, Cauca, Colombia

Mora Castilla

 

Tamales de Pipián

We started with tamales de pipián, which are made with cornmeal and potato and served with a spicy peanut sauce, similar to what you would find in Thai cooking. They were accompanied by salpicón payanés, a frozen concoction of mora (blackberries) with some lulo and guanabana mixed in. Both were delicious. We started with tamales de pipián, which are made with cornmeal and potato and served with a spicy peanut sauce, similar to what you would find in Thai cooking. They were accompanied by salpicón payanés, a frozen concoction of mora (blackberries) with some lulo and guanabana mixed in. Both were delicious.

Tamal de pipián and salpicón payanés at Mora Castilla in Popayán, Cauca, Colombia

Tamal de pipián and salpicón payanés

Tamal de pipián and salpicón payanés at Mora Castilla in Popayán, Cauca, Colombia

Tamal de pipián and salpicón payanés

 

Empanadas de Pipián

Next came empanadas de pipián. These tiny empanadas came 10 to an order, were filled with potatoes, and served with the same spicy peanut sauce. Again, excellent. Next came empanadas de pipián. These tiny empanadas came 10 to an order, were filled with potatoes, and served with the same spicy peanut sauce. Again, excellent.

Empanadas de pipián at Mora Castilla in Popayán, Cauca, Colombia

Empanadas de pipián

Empanadas de pipián at Mora Castilla in Popayán, Cauca, Colombia

Empanadas de pipián

 

Carantantas

Finally, we finished off by sampling carantantas. They were like very thin corn tortillas and were served with hogao, a Colombian sauce made with tomatoes, onions, and garlic sautéed together. It wasn’t my favorite part of the meal but they were interesting to try. We finished off by sampling carantantas. They were like very thin corn tortillas and were served with hogao, a Colombian sauce made with tomatoes, onions, and garlic sautéed together. It wasn’t my favorite part of the meal but they were interesting to try.

Carantantas at Mora Castilla in Popayán, Cauca, Colombia

Carantantas

Carantantas at Mora Castilla in Popayán, Cauca, Colombia

Carantantas

 

Conclusion

Mora Castilla is highly recommended to anyone visiting Popayán. It was a pleasure to eat these tasty treats, but the owner made the experience much more enjoyable with his explanations and enthusiasm. Mora Castilla is highly recommended to anyone visiting Popayán. It was a pleasure to eat these tasty treats, but the owner made the experience much more enjoyable with his explanations and enthusiasm.

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