After two years in Ethiopia, I’m beyond excited to try all the amazing food along the way of our big trip. India, Thailand, Vietnam and China are all fairly well known for their cuisines and I can’t WAIT to try them. Sharing a meal is one of the best ways I know to really get to know a culture.
That said, this trip has made me realize the gaps in my travels and the food I haven’t yet gotten try. South America is one of these gaps. Growing up in Texas I had my fair share of Tex-Mex and Mexican food, but I’ve never been farther south than Costa Rica. Lately, I’ve been really wanting to get to Chile and try some Chilean food!
Some of the Chilean foods I am excited to try include:
- Beef empanadas (beef wrapped in a pastry and friend)
- Corn humitas (similar to a tamale but using corn found in central Chile)
- Chilean style stuffed potatoes (baked potatoes stuffed with meat, eggs, vegetable and spices)
- Pebre sauce (a cilantro-based spicy sauce traditionally served on bread or salad)
- And for dessert, Cocado (a cookie that is crispy on the outside, soft on the inside)
When I get to Chile, I’d definitely start doing my research on where to find these foods. Although I’d love to try and cook them, I first would want to see how a Chilean prepares the foods. After living in Ethiopia, I know that my early tries of shiro or doro wat were not at all similar to how they are cooked in Ethiopia.
I’d start doing some web research to find a restaurant that serves these different foods. Most Chilean websites aren’t automatically translated into English and, unfortunately, I don’t speak Spanish (yet!). Even though I can pick out the words “empanada” and “humitas,” if the rest of the website is in Spanish, I’d probably just move on to the next until I find one that can be translated. Having translation software with the ability to translate into any language, or at the minimum, English, would be incredibly helpful as I try to find a place to have all these amazing Chilean dishes.