What to Eat In Santiago and Chile?
Here in Chile we have delicious food that you can’t miss, after all the fastest way to the heart is trough the stomach, right?
– Bistec a lo Pobre — Beefsteak, french fries, fried onions, topped with a couple of fried eggs.
– Empanada de Pino – Our most traditional dish. Typical turnover filled with diced meat, onions, olive, raisins and a piece of hard-boiled egg, baked in earthen or plain oven.
– Humitas — boiled corn leaf rolls filled with seasoned ground corn.
– Parrillada — Different kinds of meat, sausages and sometimes entrails grilled over charcoal and served with potato salad or rice.
– Pastel de Choclo — A typical Chilean summer dish. Ground corn and meat, chopped onions small pieces of chicken, pieces of hard boiled egg, olive raisins — baked in clay or regular oven. Similar to a shepherd pie.
– Pebre — Seasoning of tomatoes with chopped onion, chili, coriander, and chives. Usually served in a clay dish.
– Chupe de Locos – Traditional of our coast. Abalone bread pudding.
– Empanada de Mariscos – Turnovers filled with chopped seafood onions and seasoning.
– Machas a la Parmesana — Parmesan cheese raisor clams.
– Churrasco — Beef sandwich.
– Completo Italiano — Hot dog with avocado, tomatoes and home-made mayonnaise. That´s where you get the name: green, white and red just like the Italian flag.
– Lomito Completo — Sliced pork meat with sauerkraut and mayonnaise with pickles.
– Mote con Huesillo — cooked dried peaches and stewed corn served as a drink.
– Manjar — a brown spread or cake filling made from boiled milk and sugar. Some visitors say it tastes like caramel. Manjar is quite sweet and is used in many cakes and sweet dishes.
– Alfajor — a flat round pastry (almos like two biscuits together) filled with manjar and covered in Chocolate.
What to Drink In Santiago?
And of course our rank is not complete without our favorite; our national drinks!
– Terremoto — Pipeño (a type of sweet fermented wine) with pineapple ice-cream served in a one-litre glass. Terremoto literally translates as ‘Earthquake’ since you are left with the ground (and legs) feeling very shaky. The next round usually contains the same drink though only in a glass that holds half a litre. This is called a Replica or ‘aftershock’
– Piscola – Definitvely our national drink. If you are out clubbing in Santiago or at a local BBQ, chances are you will be sipping down piscolas, a basic combination Pisco and Cola. A less common combination is served with ginger ale. Piscola can be a deadly combination for new tourists as the alcohol ratio is much higher here than in the United States, most of Europe, Australia or New Zealand. Don’t be surprised to find your glass more than half filled with Pisco and then topped up with Cola. In some cases your entire glass is filled with Pisco and ice and you have a small bottle of cola on the side to add to it. The problem is that there’s no space for it in the glass so you have to start sipping pure pisco to make some room for the cola (or ask for another glass, but that’s cheating)!