During my last visit to Bogota, Colombia; I was yearning to get changua. I was born in a little town named Ubate, which is located about an hour away from the capital of Colombia. To Colombians, this area is considered cold…although after living in the US for over 20 years, I consider it a tropical wonderland. Cundinamarca (the state where Ubate and Bogota are located) is known for it’s dairy. Throughout the area you can find some amazing cheeses, yogurts and Changua. I knew that I must find a place to get some.
As I walked through the Zona Rosa, I happened upon a place that blatantly advertised Changua. I made the choice to walk in. This was nothing fancy, just a small restaurant, pretty dark inside with outdoor seating. Our server, John took our order. We sat, enjoyed the people watching and eagerly awaited our food.
When my changua arrived, it was everything I desired. Although I absolutely despise milk; I love changua. The texture of the soup was just right; not too watery, not too creamy. The egg was perfectly cooked so that when I broke into the yolk, it was still watery. It had been years since I had a proper changua with calados (think of it as a super hard piece of thick toast). You put the almost stale calado in the changua so that it softens up. When I hit the bottom of the plate, gorgeous cheese. The cheese in this area is almost like a homemade mozzarella. Very clean in taste; soft and by the time you get to the bottom of your changua; it is melted and a joy to eat. The dish cost us 4,000 Colombian pesos (about $2.25).
Antonio ordered huevos fritos (fried eggs). These came in the traditional Imusa frying pan that every Colombian has in their household. Eggs are never prepared in a non-stick and transferred to a plate. In Colombia, the eggs are fried in the “cacerola” which is then placed on a plate. This means that whatever you fried your egg in (usually butter for me) is still on the plate. Maybe not so healthy, but sinfully delicious (This cost us about $1.10).
Finally, we got the chori coctel. Basically 5 sausage links. Antonio was not a fan, but as someone that grew up with the stuff, I was thrilled. This restaurant is as tipico as it gets, the prices are incredibly reasonable, and being able to sit outside and people watch was a delight.
La Esquina de Mona is located at Calle 82 No. 14-32 in the Zona Rosa neighborhood of Bogota, Colombia 256-6530