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Chile Food & Wine


 

Chilean Food & Wine


Santiago offers the visitor a large and varied choice of restaurants. In order to help around the menu, we list some of the typical Chilean names for dishes.


Typical Chilean dishes are:


Casuela 
A chicken or red-meat stew with potatoes, rice and cooked vegetables.


The Empanada
A pastry-filled envelope with either red meat, and olive and yolk of an egg; shell fish or cheese. There are also two types of cooking, one is to fry the pastry and the other is to bake them in an oven. The best oven baked empanada are the ones cooked in a traditional earthe-ware oven.


Grilled Meat ("Asado" = barbecue)
The barbecue is a main stay of summer-months cooking whereupon everything goes! Red meat is usually cooked exceptionaly well on the barbecue, helped doen with some delicious Chilean red wine!


 


Natural Food Produce


Fresh Fish
With the cold currents of the Pacific Ocean lapping all of the Western shore of Chile there is no shortage of delicious fresh sea food. Chilean sea bass (corvina) is exceptional along with numerous shell fish.


Fresh Water Fish
The lakes and rivers of southern Chile offer some of the best salmon-fishing in the world and a swild smoked salmon from this part of the country is yet another exceptional delight on the taste buds.


Vegetables
Thanks to the fertile central valley and superb Mediterranean climate, Chile offers delicious fresh vegetables, expecially esparagous, corn, tomatoes and artickokes from is dryer north.


Fruit
As with the vegetable department, the soils and climate combine to produce some of the best fruit anywhere, especially peaches, apples, pears, grapes, lucuma and chirimoya.


Wine
Not a food, but produced exceptionally well in Chile due to the combination of soil, climate and temperature. The best varietal wines are the reds: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere and in whites: Chardonnay and Sauvignon.


 


Typical Chilean Food for Menu Translation Purposes



The Empanada: A pastry filled with either mince meat, onion and an olive or cheese or shell fish.


Parrillada: Various meats cooked on a charcoaled grill. Pastel del Choclo: Sweetcorn with mince meat, an egg, onion, an olive and a cream of corn topping.


Casuela: A stew of chicken or meat with potato, pumpkin and vegetables. Humitas: Sweet corn with spices wrapped in corn leaves and steam cooked.


 


Fruit Native to Chile (Fruta)



  • Lucuma

  • Chirimoya (Custard Apple)

  • Tuna (Prickly Pear)

  • Kiwi

  • Papayas

  • Melon Calameno

  • Camote


Fish: Pescados



  • Albacora: Similar to Swordfish.

  • Atun: Tuna

  • Bacalao: Cod

  • Calamar: Squid

  • Congrio: Eel-like fish but not eel.

  • Corvina: Similar to Bass

  • Jurel: Mackerel

  • Lenguado: Sole

  • Reineta: Very Nice White Fish!

  • Salmon: Salmon


 


Shell Fish: Mariscos



  • Almejas: Clams

  • Camarones: Prawns

  • Centolla: King Crab

  • Choros: Mussels

  • Erizos: Sea Urchin

  • Gambas: Shrimps

  • Jaiva: Crab

  • Langosta: Lobster

  • Locos: Abalone

  • Machas: Razor Clam

  • Ostiones: Scallops

  • Ostras: Oysters

  • Picorocos: An alien-looking creature that lives in a rock-like shell.


 


Beef: Carne



  • Filete: Fillet

  • Lomo Liso: T-Bone

  • Posta Rosada: Sirloin

  • Pork: Cerdo

  • Jamon: Ham

  • Lomo: Loin

  • Tocino: Bacon

  • Chuleta: Chop

  • Pernil: Leg

  • Costilla: Ribs

  • Lamb: Cordero

  • Pierna: Leg

  • Lomo: Loin

  • Costilla: Rack of Lamb


 


Aves: Poultry



  • Pollo: Chicken

  • Ganso: Goose

  • Pato: Duck

  • Pavo: Turkey


 


Verduras: Vegetables



  • Palta: Avocado

  • Pepino: Cucumber

  • Cebolla: Onion

  • Arroz: Rice

  • Ensalada: Salad

  • Tomate: Tomato

  • Lechuga: Lettuce


 


Postre: Dessert



  • Flan: Blancmange

  • Manjar: Sweet Caramel Spread (liquid fudge)


 


Typical Spirit Drinks



  • Pisco Sour: Pisco, a grape brandy, with lemon juice, sugar and the white of an egg.

  • Piscola: Pisco with coca cola.


 


Souvenirs (Typical items)



  • Lapis Lazuli : A blue stone very popular in jewellery.

  • Pewter : Many original items are made out of this metal.

  • Alpaca Knitwear

  • Soft Woollen Sweaters

  • Mapuche Ceramics

  • Wicker

  • Copper

  • Leather

  • Wine


 


Fish: Pescados



  • Albacora: Similar to Swordfish.

  • Atun:Tuna


 


Bacalao: Cod



  • Calamar: Squid

  • Congrio: Ell-like fish but not eel.

  • Corvina: Similar to Bass

  • Jurel: Mackerel

  • Lenguado: Sole

  • Rineta: Very Nice Fish!

  • Salmon: Salmon


 


Shell Fish: Mariscos



  • Almejas: Clams

  • Camarones:Prawns

  • Centolla: King Crab

  • Choros: Mussels

  • Erizos: Sea Urchin

  • Gambas: Shrimps

  • Jaiva: Crab

  • Langosta: Lobster

  • Locos: Abalone

  • Machas: Razor Clam

  • Ostiones:Scallops

  • Ostras: Oysters

  • Picorocos


 


Beef: Carne



  • Filete: Fillet

  • Lomo Liso: T-Bone

  • Posta Rosada: Sirloin


 


Pork: Cerdo



  • Jamón: Ham

  • Lomo: Loin

  • Tocino: Bacon

  • Chuleta: Chop

  • Pernil: Leg

  • Costilla: Ribs


 


Lamb: Cordero



  • Pierna: Leg

  • Lomo: Loin

  • Costilla: Rack of Lamb


 


Aves: Poultry



  • Pollo: Chicken

  • Ganso: Goose

  • Pato: Duck

  • Pavo: Turkey


 


Verduras: Vegetables



  • Palta: Avocado

  • Pepino: Cucumber

  • Cebolla: Onion

  • Arroz: Rice

  • Ensalada: Salad

  • Tomate: Tomato


 


Postre: Dessert Fruit Native to Chile and no translation (Fruit: Fruta)



  • Lucuma

  • Chirimoya

  • Tuna (Prickly Pear)

  • Kiwi

  • Papayas

  • Melon Calameno

  • Camote