May 29, 2017

What to Eat in Santiago & Chile?

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)!