Some tourist guide might want to tell you Santiago’s cuisine is basically just Pizza, Burger and Sushi. But that’s soooo untrue!  In reality the capital is full of fresh and intense taste. Especially, when it comes to Street Food. On almost every street corner sizzling oil, colorful vedgies and spicy odors try to have a spell on you, but the space in your belly is limited. So here are some dishes you definitely have to try during your stay in Santiago de Chile. ¡Que aproveche!


Completo – The next Level of Hot Dog


While the Spanish-speaking world calls hot dogs ‘perro caliente’, ‘perrito’, ‘jocho’, or ‘panchos’, Chile has taken the commonplace item to a whole new level, and thus deservedly given this beloved snack an own name: completo or complete.

Let’s begin with the fact that completos are a good handful larger than your average hotdog. But the true beauty of the completo comes in topping form, the most popular of which is Chile’s national fruit/vegetable ‘palta’ or avocado. Smear anything with garlic mayonnaise, tomato, and avocado, and I’d be complete, than add a roasting porkster beneath. Now we’re talking.


Empanada de Queso – Easy Cheesy  


It’s probably the most famous food in the streets of Santiago and that’s for a reason. Empanada de Queso, if you’ve had the rare misfortune of never having one, are pastry pockets stuffed with cheese, meat, vegetables or even seafood.

While empanadas can be dolled up for the most dapper of occasions, and baked or made from puff pastry, the ones sold on the streets are always fried and always riddled with gooey cheese filling.

Our gourmet Sebastían from SEN recommends the empanada station near Cal y Canto metro stop, on the south side of the pedestrian bridge that crosses to Mercado Central. The secret of these unique empanadas are fried spinach and cheese, mushroom, and a multitude of other tasty ingredients. Make sure to go at peak rush hour in the morning or evening; on the off hours you might have the bad luck to get a cold one.


Ceviche – Fresh Seafood at it’s best


It might feel like a leap of faith, but eating raw fish on the street is not unheard of in Santiago. Look no further than La Paz bridge, where you will find a handful of families touting their marinading fish which they soak in lime juice for as long as it takes the next punter to come along.

Extras include sweet potato, regular potato, and you can top it with softened red onion, cilantro and crunchy corn. It’s a shame they don’t serve ready-made pisco sour for the ultimate street pick-me-up but there chilly softdrinks aplenty!


Sopaipilla – The unbeaten King


The sopaipilla is debatably the king of Santiago street food. A palm-sized disc of orange-hued dough, these simple circles get fried up in massive gong-like woks of sizzling oil. The greasy-faced momma manning her station spears fully cooked sopaipillas with a tireless prong and invites the line of hungry customers forward. Beside her industrial-sized wok you’ll find a cornucopia of spicy sauces with which to season your sopaipilla. Falling under the generic category of ‘pebre,’ these tomato and onion based sauces range from fiery hot to more moderately so.

Historically sopaipillas garnered their orange colour from the ‘zapallo’ or squash that mixed in with flour dough. If you’re squatted on a curb, eating your sopaipilla clasped between leaves of grease-induced translucent paper, it`s safe to say the orange color is just food coloring.


Anticucho – Sorry Vegetarians

Street Food Santiago

The smell of roasting meat will come in wafts from many street corners of the city. These long brochettes of meat are a typical street food staple in the Andean communities and Santiago is no exception. Usually marinated in a chili pepper, cumin and garlic vinegar, you’ll find beef, chicken and even pork being served up occasionally with a chunk of diced onion or even sausage between meat cubes.

Some vendors set up a BBQ outside their store, others wheel around kitted out kiosks, but the most grassroots of all are curiously enough served in re-appropriated shopping trolleys. You’ll find these spikes of meat at the most popular fast food, street food spots: between Cal y Canto and La Vega market, at the bus stations, and in Recoleta neighbourhood.


Mote con Huesillos – The tasty cold Escape


A sweet Santiago street food treat, Mote con Huesillos arrives in the city with the region’s warmer and longer spring days and is a staple of summer afternoons all across central Chile.

Swimming in an icy cold, syrupy peach juice floats ‘mote’ or cracked wheat alongside ‘huesillos’ or hunks of dried peaches. You’ll be surprised how mind-blowing this unusual mix can be.


Juices – Chile’s fruits won’t let you down


In case you dehydrate in the hot Chilenian sun, a healthy fresh-made juice is the best decision you can make to reboost your energy. Filled with plenty of Vitamins and electrolytes you keep working through Chile’s many street foods!

Usually quite well installed street spots, these juice booths will offer all the local fruits throughout the year from native chirimoya to papaya, raspberry, pineapple, banana and strawberry all blitzed up with water or milk.


Churros – The sugary Classic


These crunchy, chewy, deep-fried dough sticks originated in Spain where they’re usually served bare and dipped in thick chocolate. In Chile, on the other hand, you’re more likely to find them already dusted with confectioners’ sugar or filled with smooth Dulce de leche. We suggest you try as many different types as you can get your hands on!






artículo extraído de: cascada.travel/en/News/Visit-Chile-Best-Chilean-Street-Food


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