Mandoca is the equivalent to a Venezuelan pretzel. It is a deep fried cornmeal ring that can be enjoyed while still hot, with butter and cheese. It is usually served at breakfast, and it is most popular in the western part of the country. The Mandoca is one of a wide variety of specialties exclusively created in the western part of Venezuela. Though their relevance has been shaded by the new transnational tendencies because its creation was not intended for massive consumption or for marketing but still it remains a basic and important part of the culinary culture of Zulia. It is made of corn meal, grated cheese, sugar or Papelon, which is a kind of sugar made from sugar cane and very traditional people use a variety of banana.
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