Arepa Sandwich


Arepa Sandwich

Recipe type: Yield: 2 Prep time: Cook time: Total time:

Recipe for Arepa Sandwich by Chef Johanna Ware


Short ribs:2 lb Boneless short ribs1 C Mexican coca cola1/2 C Fish sauce1/2 White onion – sliced2 cloves Garlic – smashed1 inch piece Ginger – sliced1 Serrano chili – sliced1/4 C Rice wine vinegar2T Sesame oil1/4 C Soy sauce1t Ground chili1/2 C WaterArepa dough:1 C Warm water1/2 t Salt1 C Arepa flour (PAM)1/2 T Olive oilSandwich:Shredded short ribsArepa circles1/2 C Prepared cabbage kimchiHoisinMayoChopped cilantro


  1. Short Ribs:
  2. Grill or sear the short ribs on a high heat.
  3. After getting color on both sides, transfer to a shallow pot with all other ingredients.
  4. If liquid doesn’t cover 3/4 of meat add more water until it does.
  5. Simmer on very low, flipping every after 20 minutes.
  6. Cook until almost falling apart.
  7. Let cool in the liquid.
  8. Once warm enough to handle, shred meat.
  9. Arepa Dough:
  10. Mix 1st three ingredients together and let sit for 3 minutes.
  11. Add olive oil and form a soft dough with your hands.
  12. Roll the dough between two sheets of parchment until a 1/4 inch thick.
  13. Use a 3 inch circle to cut out circles.
  14. Place on parchment on a sheet tray.
  15. Cover with plastic wrap if you are making ahead.
  16. Sandwich:
  17. Heat shredded beef with a small amount of it’s braising liquid until it is warmed through.
  18. Heat a frying pan on medium heat and add a small layer of oil.
  19. Once warm add the arepa circles and gently fry.
  20. If you fry to hard they will get chewy, you want a light golden color on each side.
  21. Place on paper towels out of the pan.
  22. Spread hoisin and mayonnaise on the bottom of one circle.
  23. Top with beef, kimchi, and chopped cilantro.
  24. Place another arepa circle on top and enjoy.

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