Pabellón criollo is a traditional Venezuelan dish, the local
version of the rice and beans combination found throughout the Caribbean. It is
a plate of rice, shredded beef and stewed black beans that is considered by many
to be the Venezuelan national dish.
criollo con barandas.
Common additions include tajadas (fried plantain slices) or a fried egg. Both of
these variants have acquired slang names. A pabellón con barandas (baranda is
Spanish for guard rail) is served with tajadas because the long plantain slices
placed on the sides are humorously considered to be keeping the food from
falling off from the plate.
A pabellón a caballo (a caballo is Spanish for horseback riding) means with a
fried egg on top, as though the egg were "riding" the dish. Most waiters
understand immediately what is meant by Pabellón con barandas y a caballo.
The shredded beef can be replaced by chigüire (capybara), caiman shredded meat
or even freshwater fish, depending on particular tastes, region or time of the
year (beef consumption is prohibited by the Roman Catholic Church during Lent,
however capybara and fish are approved).