Any visit to Santiago de Chile, whether for three days or a month, is simply incomplete without a taste of the city’s delicious street foods! Check off these 5 highlights to get a full sample of what Chile’s capital city has to offer.
1. Mote con Huesillo
This refreshing drink features mote (an unhusked wheat grain), peach juice, and a dried peach! Mote con Huesillo is a traditional drink for anybody with a sweet tooth traveling in the summer months (Dec-Feb). Find this non-alcoholic drink with a unique texture from street vendors, or buy all the ingredients from a local market to make your own!
2. Jugo Natural
There’s nothing like freshly-squeezed juice in the morning, and Santiago delivers! Mobile carts offer juice squeezed while you wait with flavors such as orange, strawberry, passion fruit (maracuya), or any combination! Grab one on your way to explore the city.
3. Empanada de pino
Best when it’s warm out of the oven, this mouth-watering alternative to sandwiches satisfies with a flaky outer crust and a savory filling. Pino is a traditional mixture of ground beef and onions seasoned with raisins and olives, and garnished with a bit of boiled egg. Empanadas al horno (from the oven) allow the flavor of the “pino” to shine! Though empanadas are easy to find at any store, it’s hard to agree who makes the best ones.
Ringing in at about 150 clp (~$0.25 USD), these rounds of fried dough composed of wheat flour and sweet potato can be sweet or savory according to your preference! A perfect quick snack, sopaipillas can be topped with pebre (a mix of tomatoes, cilantro and onion), manjar (Chile’s version of caramel, a dulce de leche type syrup), mayonnaise, mustard, or chili sauce! The smell of these traditional Chilean street foods wafting from these street corner carts will make your mouth water.
The hot dog takes on new flair in the Chilean street food scene, featuring avocado (palta), tomatoes, mayonnaise, and sauerkraut! This satisfying combination of flavors adds dimension to a familiar food. Available in all parts of the city, the completo is a mainstay of Santiago street food.
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