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Caracas Arepas--What's in that sauce?!

Caracas Arepa Bar has an excellent spicy tangy greenish/yellowish sauce that they have in bottles and you can add to your arepa/rice&beans. Every time i'm there I douse my food in it, it's soooo good. What is it and where can I get it in Manhattan? It seems a bit like a Peruvian Aji but I know Caracas is Venezuelan. Any help?

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  1. seconding the original request and bumping the thread a bit. that stuff is amazing!

    1. I don't know what it is either, but there is definitely lots of garlic in it. I love it. I bet if you just asked the owners the next time you are there they would tell you, everyone is very friendly there.

      1. i like caracas, and their food is great (that sauce), but i have never found the service to be all that friendly there. in fact, one time i ordered a salad after i put in my order, (like 3 minutes later) and the waitress totally rolled her eyes at me. they weren't totally rude, but definitely not what i would call friendly.

        1. I am no sure what it is, but I guess it's Vzlan style mojo.

          Jalape#o, or green serranos, garlic, green bell peppers, onion, parsley, cilantro;
          to taste : vinager, olive oil, cumin and salt.

          Put in a blender.


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          1. re: aureliano buendia

            sweet sweet caracas sauce.... thanks for the recipe. it really tastes like there's some kind of fruit in there too, though, do you think? it's sort of sweet.

            1. re: aureliano buendia

              It's quite sweet too, I'm wondering if it has some fruit in it as well--perhaps mangoes? Anyone else have any guesses as to what's in it or what a similar type of recipe might look like?

            2. Whenever I order for delivery from Caracas, I ask for extra hot sauce. When I have asked about the name of the sauce in the past, I have been told "it's just hot sauce -- our special recipe."

              I would love to hear more about what this sauce compares to from people who know more about Venezuelan food than I do.

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              1. re: mashpee

                if i knew the ingredients to this sauce, i'd be putting it on all my food. i would even pour it directly into my mouth. i think there's some sort of eggy/mayo thing going on in those squirt bottles as well. it can't just be olive oil

              2. I always thought there was some mango in there or something...whatever it is, it's incredible!!

                  1. re: Barcelonian

                    yup, that last post at the end of that thread where the girl makes her own version is pretty good.

                  2. I there a week ago and the waitress said they sell it for about $8 a bottle.

                    1. i found this recipe for venezuelan salsa which calls for mango & papaya.

                      i bet if you played with the flavors and threw it in the blender, you could get it to come out pretty close to what's in the store. has anyone bought a bottle? i wonder if they list the ingredients on the label. probably not, but worth a shot.

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                      1. re: tacomaster

                        I wouldn't doubt it if they use some lechosa in their recipe. It's a fruit widely used in Venezuela, and I have to admit it's very good ... especially when picked ripe.

                        Image --> http://www.shimlahills.com/images/pap...

                        1. re: tacomaster

                          I ate there tonight, and asked about the sauce. The (very nice) waiter said, "It's our secret sauce!" and was not interested in divulging the ingredients. GREAT food.