PLANTAIN HAMBURGER AS TYPICAL JUNK FOOD IN FLORENCIA CITY
EDWARD TRUJILLO MANJARRES
PATRICIA CESPEDES GARCIA
EDUCATION SCIENCIES FACULTY
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM
This pedagogical project is about the preparation of this typical product known as
plantain hamburger. This hamburger has plantain instead of bread, this makes this
product original. Tourist and inhabitants visit different places to taste this exotic
hamburger, specially a fast food restaurant called Rapicomidas el Negro, which is
visited by a lot of clients to eat this kind of hamburger. It is a typical fast food of our
state Caquetá, especially of Florencia city. The preparation of this product is easy and
fast. It means that anyone can work in these stalls without taking into account the
academic formation. For that, reason it contributes to the economicdevelopment of our
region as we can see later.
This pedagogical project aims at showing the process to prepare plantain hamburger,
describing the process to make this burger and learn how this typical food becomes a
cultural aspect of the region. Moreover, it describes the type of clients, the function of
the workers in detail, the work-schedule, and some aspects form part of the context. The
most important part is that people recognize the importance of the gastronomic variety
and discover new cultural elements in the Caquetenian food, inviting to everybody to
contribute with the development of this region. The history of the hamburger plays an
important role in the production of this product because it is the origin of this. It is
amazing to see how the plantain hamburger is sold a lot on special dates. a clear sample
is in San Pedro Festival, where hundreds of plantain hamburgers are sold. It represents
progress to our state and help with employment.
DESCRIPTION OF THE SETTING
This pedagogical project was conducted in Rapicomidas el Negro fast food restaurant,
located in 12th street, N. 6-109 Juan XXIII neighborhood, Florencia-Caquetá. It is a big
and luxurious place. This is 5 m wide and 12 m large. In this restaurant, there are
twenty tables and 80 chairs of different colors. The cook room is outside the hall. There
is a big and sophisticated stove with special grills where the fast food, specially,
plantain hamburger is cooked.
Carlos Andres Perez is the owner of Rapicomidas el Negro Restaurant. It was
founded in September 20th of 1995. It was first located in 11th street, Divino Niño
Park. As consequence of the social problem called invasion of public spaces in
Florence city, he had to move his restaurant to the place, it is today. It mainly offers
plantain hamburgers, hot dogs, stuffed potatoes; French fries, chuzos of meat and soft
drinks. This restaurant has eight employees, they have different duties. Some of them
cook, other attends clients and the owner is the cashier. They work like a family; their
relationship is based on kindness and politeness. They are also hard workers and
responsible, they work twelve hours a day from Monday to Sunday. It is the only
microenterprise which has its own place. In Florence, there are also many fast food
stalls in different places, where you can find plantain hamburger. They are located
around Santander Park, on the Fundadores Avenue in Zona Rosa.
The clients of Rapicomidas el Negro Restaurant are de different social status. It does
not matter if they are rich or poor. The treatment is the same with the clients. Also
there are teen clients. It makes a familiar place, where people enjoy eating plantain
hamburger with their children, their grandparents and soon. This place is visited by lot
families on weekends. They usually eat plantain hamburger with enough pink sauce.
Moreover, it is an usual place people visit before dancing and drinking in a discotheque
or club. Outside each discotheque is a small fast food restaurant.
To describe the process to prepare plantain hamburger and show the plantain as the main
ingredient and measure the impact and it level of consumptions in the typical fast food in
To recognize the creativity and innovation of Caquetenian in the preparation of
To evaluate the impact of plantain hamburger in the typical junk food in Caqueta
region in aspects gastronomic, cultural and economic.
To associate the plantain hamburger with the typical gastronomy of the Caqueta
According to Wikipedia. History hamburger. 2006, the hamburger is a ground meat
patty between two slices of bread; it was first created in America in 1900 by Louis
Lassen, owner of Louis' Lunch in NewHaven, Connecticut. There have been rival claims
by Charlie Nagreen, Frank and Charles Menches, Oscar Weber Bilby, and Fletcher
David. White Castle traces the origin of the hamburger to Hamburg, Germany with its
invention by Otto Kuase. However, it gained national recognition at the 1904 St. Louis
World's Fair when the New York Tribune namelessly attributed the hamburger as, "the
innovation of a food vendor on the pike."] No conclusive claim has ever been made to
end the dispute over the inventor of the hamburger with a variety of claims and evidence
asserted since its creation.
Today, hamburgers are usually a feature of fast food restaurants. The hamburgers
served in major fast food establishments are usually mass-produced in factories and
frozen for delivery to the site. These hamburgers are thin and of uniform thickness,
differing from the traditional American hamburger prepared in homes and conventional
restaurants, which is thicker and prepared by hand from ground beef. Generally most
American hamburgers are round, but some fast-food chains, such as Wendy's, sell
square-cut hamburgers. Hamburgers in fast food restaurants are usually grilled on a flat-
top, but some firms, such as Burger King, use a gas flame grilling process. At
conventional American restaurants, hamburgers may be ordered "rare", but normally are
served medium-well or well-done for food safety reasons. Fast food restaurants do not
usually offer this option.In Caqueta State, there is not an exactly date which indicates
when the plantain hamburger was first prepared neither who prepared it, but people
know it was many years ago.
In order to make plantain hamburger, there are some ingredients that it contains. it is
necessary one loaf of meat hamburger, two loaves of mature plantain, one slice of
mortadella, one green tomato, one white onion, one leave of lettuce, melted cheese, one
package of potato chips, ketchup, mayonnaise, pink sauces and a piece of aluminum
foil. These ingredients are easy and cheap to buy in any store or supermarket in
Florencia. The main ingredient of this product is the plantain because it is consider the
best. For that reason, if you are going to make this hamburger, avoid changing this
important ingredient which makes difference of others kind of these products. Finally,
you have to be sure they are on good state to be eaten.
The preparation of Plantain hamburger is easy and fast. The secret consist on the
sequence you put the ingredients on the loaf of plantain. First, put the loaf of meat
hamburger and the loaves of plantain on the grill in order to fry. When they are golden,
they are ready. Second, chop the green tomato thinly sliced and add salt to taste. Third,
chop the white onion thinly sliced and then, add pink and ketchup sauces in order to fry
the onion. Finally, put the cheese on the grill, when it is melted remove it. When the
previous steps are ready, you just need to assemble it. During the preparation of this
product it is important to be careful with the time of cooking of each ingredient because
it can get burned. For that reason I recommend to simmer them.
How to Assemble the Plantain Hamburger
Put a piece of aluminum foil on the table. Then, put upward a loaf of plantain slices of
green tomato, two leaves of lettuce, slices of roasted onion. Add ketchup, mayonnaise
and pink sauces. Remember that sauces are important in the flavor and the appearance of
the product. After that, add potato chips, the loaf of hamburger, a slice of mortadella
and cover with the other loaf of mature plantain these ingredients. Finally, wrap the
plantain hamburger with a piece of aluminum foil and add melted cheese on it. It is
important the napkins when it is served. If you prefer, you can use boxes, especially to
hamburgers. After this process, you could enjoy this product at home or in a fast food
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF EATING PLANTAIN
The most evident advantage of consuming plantain hamburger is that it saves time.
In today's fast-paced life, there is nothing better than getting a ready meal. Besides
time, saves cost because to buy a plantain hamburger result cheaper than other kind
of food. People can find hamburgers from $ 1.500 to $5.000. Moreover, nowadays,
the restaurants which sell them can be found easily. They are really situated in each
corner of a street of our city. Another advantage of eating plantain burger is that
they have a good taste. And it also, has essential micronutrients in the form of
minerals such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium and copper.
Plantain hamburger also contains small traces of zinc and selenium. Although high
in unhealthy fats, nutritional details of hamburger include a small amount of omega
3 acids or healthy fats.
However, eating plantain hamburger also has disadvantages because it could cause
obesity. Generally, burgers have many calories and these accumulate in the body as
fat deposits that can cause obesity. In addition, the burgers contain high amounts of
fats and salt that affects the health adversely with other problems like high blood
pressure and diseases of the joints. Eating fast food for prolonged periods of time
can cause as great harm to your liver as alcohol. The addiction to eat plantain
hamburger is really dangerous because people become dependent of it. Then, they
will spend a lot of money and theireconomic situationwill be affected. Remember it
is better to eat this kind of food on weekends at least.
The plantain hamburger is an important junk food in the Caqueta region. The innovation
in its preparation is the main characteristic of this product because the Caquetá plantain
is recognized for its quality and provides a different and more delectable flavor. That is
why, people prefer to eat plantain hamburger than bread hamburgers. In Florencia city,
there are many places where you can find junk food because it is one of the main fast
food of all stalls. Whether you are on the road or just cruising around town, plantain
hamburgers are at hand anywhere in the city. It is very easy to find people selling that.
Moreover, it is necessary that people of others states know, learn and taste plantain
hamburger as a typical junk or fast food.
Finally, the plantain hamburger has a great impact in the typical junk food in
Caqueta State. Many people consume it instead of other food. Even people who are not
from Florencia prefer the plantain hamburger. Also, tourists who visit the region enjoy
of eating this exotic burger and they wish to return to enjoy again this wonderful food.
The innovation of this hamburger shows the creativity of Caquetenian people to make a
different product using the plantain which is a typical product in this part of the country.
The level of consumption of plantain hamburger is high and it is a good business
because many people like buy this kind of food after dance and drink in clubs and discos
for that, fat foods stalls are frequently located around these places and the owners of
these has good income.