891. Funchi

Photo of “food porn” courtesy of Tatiana Radzim

Tutu ku Funchi, duna Tres Sunchi (Tutu and Funchi, give Three Kisses) are all ubiquitous “Curaçao”.

This post is on Funchi!


Pal’i Funchi! Photo courtesy of Tatiana Radzim

4 cups water

1 1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp butter

2 cups yellow cornmeal


1. Bring water, salt and butter to a boil in a heavy saucepan

2. Add cornmeal and stir well with a wooden spoon – ideally, Pal’i Funchi

3. Keep stirring for 8 minutes on low heat until mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan

4. Invert on a plate or use (an ice cream) scoop (dipped in water) for individual portions

5. Serve with fried fish or stobá (stews) and don’t forget your pika and maggi!

Source: Da Costa Gomez, Désirée. Authentic Dutch Caribbean Cuisine

… I’ll let you in on a secret… cut your funchi up in small pieces and fry ’em for a short minute until crispy on the outside….

MY FAVORITE: Fried Funchi!!!

Wea di funchi chikitu tambe tin orea (translation: little funchi bowls have big ears)

Awa ta kai, solo ta sali, diabel ta suta su muhé ku pal’i funchi pariba di kas (translation: if it rains when the sun is shining, the devil is beating his wife)

Den dos man funchi no por sali papa (translation: in two hands funchi won’t turn into porridge) Many hands make light work

Source: Hendrikse-Rigaud, Renée. 2000 Proverbio i ekspreshon Spreekwoorden en gezegden ProverbsCuraçao, 1994.

About 1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao

I'm Carolina Gomes-Casseres, the creator of 1000 Awesome Things About Curaçao. I live in Manhattan but sometimes miss my first awesome island. Thanks for visiting!


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