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Sorry, Chile, but it’s true. For as much as we loved our time traveling thousands of miles up and down your country, our palates were left entirely under-stimulated. Chilean food sucks.

First, let it be known that there is nothing spicy to eat in Chile. Do not let the name fool you. There is a deceiving red powder, called ají, on the table with salt and pepper, but even if you cover your pizza in a blanket of it, there’d be about as much kick as from a legless man.

Chilean foodI mention pizza, and if you read this website often, you will know we are always on the hunt for excellent pizza. Unfortunately the Chilean version pales desperately in comparison to its Argentine neighbor. It is dry, basic, unimaginative and does nothing more than to satisfy large groups, teenage boys and two vegetarian GlobetrotterGirls when nothing else is even remotely interesting on the menu.

Ugh, and the empanada certainly didn’t make it over the Andes very well either. In Argentina the thick, buttery dough filled with creamy mozzarella, tangy blue cheese or meat (if that’s your thing) became an addiction. Here, the shape and concept is the same, but the dough is like cardboard, the cheese like rubber.

pizza valparaisoChile is by far the most sophisticated country in South America, yet its food reflects none of this sophistication. Take the ‘famous’ Chorillana – a Chilean national dish that we would simply call Stoner Food. Meat, large chunks of lazily chopped broiled vegetables, ham, cheese and a fried egg or two are thrown on top of a huge bed of French fries. That’s it. Just pull the fries out, dip them in some off the yolk and/or ketchup and/or mayo, and eat the rest with a mix of your hands and a fork.

Next up, the ‘completo‘ is a hot dog. It’s not very ‘complete’ either. It’s got a few things on it, but it’s just a hot dog with none of the creativity of a Belgian, Chicago or New York style dog let alone bratwurst.

Once, we ordered a sandwich that, on a neighboring table, looked remarkably similar to a Mexican Torta. But rather than being fresh, thick, warm bread piled high with so many delicious ingredients it puts Subway to shame, this was just cold, boiled green beans, queso fresco (the worst white cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. Green beans on a sandwich? Really?

ancud lomito veggieYou’ll notice that much of these are some sort of sandwich or bread dish, and not one would be classified as healthy. Even salads are not done right. How often did we get a plate with four ingredients lined up in a row – a strip of lettuce next to a row of sliced tomatoes next to sliced cucumbers next to, say, shaved carrots. The ingredients were not even mixed together, vegetable oil and white vinegar on top, for the price of that Chorillana those stoners, sorry locals, are chewing down on at the next table over.

Chilean FoodPossibly the worst offender is the sopaipilla – fried dough bought from a street vendor and then slathered in mayo. That’s right, just fried dough in mayonnaise (we didn’t say it wasn’t good, but again with the stoner food!).

The lack of healthy options never ceased to amaze, nor did watching coffee drinkers pour one, two, sometimes three oversized sugar packets into an espresso. If it even was an espresso. Most likely it was a Nescafé, since instant coffee is preferred in Chile, a fact which makes us sad and teary-eyed every morning.

chilean FoodContinuing on the subject of sugar, ordering a smoothie and forgetting to ask for no sugar meant resigning ourselves to the presence of a new cavity by days end.

And salt? I once watched a mother salt her pre-teen daughter’s dinner so heavily, had she also lit and handed her a cigarette it wouldn’t have surprised me.

There are some healthier dishes, like the curanto, a meat dish cooked underground in a pot over hot rocks, similar to a hangi in New Zealand. Fish, meat, bread and potatoes are heated wrapped in large leaves for hours and then taken out to be eaten together. But this is 1. only in the south of the country and 2. too time-consuming dish to order with any regularity.

You’ll note that most dishes are for meat-eaters. Traditional vegetarian dishes include humitas, which are like Mexican tamales, with corn meal masa, with only sprinkles of corn inside and no other flavor to speak of. There is always the Paila option, which is just scrambled eggs, often with avocado. Oddly, this is not considered a breakfast dish, but an once, meaning afternoon snack).

And now we come to the Mote con Huesillo, a popular summer drink that, while not bad, is just plain weird.

Served in a plastic cup, first the vendors add two or three big scoops of cooked husked wheat. Yup, wheat. That’s the ‘mote’ part. Then, one or two stewed peaches in a syrupy liquid are poured on top. This is not blended together. You chew the drink using a straw and a spoon to consume it.

mote con huesilloWhat was so disappointing about the basic, unimaginative and unflavorful foods is that unlike most places in Latin America, in Chile you can drink the water. So in theory you could eat street food freely and happily without worry, just like in Thailand. But this comparison feels absurd, considering the delicious, spicy Pad Thai for a dollar versus fried dough and a cup of wheat and peach juice.

This brings me to our biggest frustration of all – the lack of international food. In Cambodia we had fairly authentic Mexican food, in Malaysia we had spot on British tea and scones. In Chile, any attempt at international cuisine is like eating a bowl of plastic fruits. It always looks so realistic, but once you bite down, there is no flavor at all. Look, the Brits, the Americans, the Germans, we all have boring traditional foods – that’s why we steal international cuisine and mix them all together and call it fusion. All Chile has to do is look north to Peru for fine examples of Japanese-Peruvian and Nouveau-Andean cuisines.

The only international food that Chile really seems to have gotten right was the Kuchen. That’s right, German cake. The Germans arrived to the Lake District en masse in the 19th century and their delicious cake recipes remain perfectly in tact today. Other than that, the dessert leaves much to be desired, with manjar-filled flaky pastries, alfajores and leche asada, which pretty much tastes like flan made of boogers.

chilean foodLook, Chileans do wine very well, and pisco sours, too (though Peruvians would say they stole it from them). They grow delicious avocados and we ate at least one a day every day for over three months.

pisco soursAnd of course there are some excellent chefs making magic throughout the country. We ate extremely well in San Pedro de Atacama, loved the pizza at Tiramisu in Santiago along with Le Fournil, the chain Cassis made great food and one of our top meals was a seriously delicious three course meal at La Marmita in Punta Arenas, as far south as you can get on the Chilean mainland.

Chile, your glaciers and geysers, penguins and sea lions, volcanoes, lakes and massive mountains mesmerized us. Just glance through these posts, and you’ll see how much we love you. We felt right at home in your cities and warmed ourselves on your beaches, vowing to spend a month here or there, or even to plan a GlobetrotterGirls Getaway here someday. And you can be sure that our feelings are genuine, since we stayed over 100 days with you in spite of, most definitely not because of, your food.

Have you been to Chile? What did you think of Chilean food? Share in the comments below!

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  1. You girls are absolutely disgraceful, uncultured, rude, and downright ignorant. None of the food mentioned is food that the country is known for. Where did you eat? tourist places? cheap street restaurants? What kind of comment is the one you made about the mote con huesillo? “weird” just because YOU believe a dish is weird does not mean it’s a bad dish. You even mentioned it. You call yourselves “globetrotters” and go around eating out at the least adventurous or well researched food places in countries. Shame on you and shame on your whole brand. You went to a country and ate nothing but junk of course it was not going to be good. Donde estan las empanadas? Los porotos con riendas? Las papas a la diabla? Los completos? los asados? ya que mencionaron sandwiches, el ave palta? y todo el resto de la comida rica que falto por probar. Ustedes dan ASCO. Sinceramente, una chica de padres chilenos y puertorriquenos. Nosotros si sabemos de comida.

    1. Listen dumbass, I have lived here in Chile for several years. I have traveled to and eaten in many, many more. Chile is a culinary disappointment. Get over it. You are the uncultured, rude, and downright ignorant person here, which leads me to believe that you must be somewhat….Chilean.

      1. Your opinion is certainly not an authority. You can say Chilean food “sucks”, but your assessment does not mean anything. Coming from someone who needs to express dislike by offending an entire country minimises your goal. THAT alone says a lot about your character, taste and cultural provenance. In my humble opinion to say “I don’t like Chilean food” will go a lot further than to say “Chilean food sucks”. Call it semantics, but I doubt you would, I am afraid you don’t know what that means.

  2. You know NOTHING about Chilean food and your article was a fine example of why people think Europeans and Americans have sticks so far up your own asses you can’t even see straight… the amount of uppity know-it.-all-even-though-I’m-a-tourist bullshit you girls spat out was un-fucking.believable.
    This is why people in latinamerican countries dislike tourists.
    Because you’re rude and ignorant, and talk with authority about shit you clearly know nothing about.
    There is excellent food over here. I’m a cook and I’ve been a culinary student for years. Our culture has so much mix that we incorporate spices from all over the world. I have no idea what you mean when you say there is no spice. Ají de color is a condiment that has literally no actual spice at all. Churrascos, chorrillanas and completos are junk kinda food and it is NOT TRADITIONAL at all. It’s just cheap and available. There is TONS of other kinds of peppers that pack in a bigger punch than jalapeños and habaneros mixed together. There so many other options to go for instead of all that shit you choose and decided to label as “chilean food”, where did you even find those places? I mean it’s not even THAT hard to find freakin awesome places to eat great food, so many people from abroad do so and leave with an awesome culinary experience besides all the natural wonders that this land offers, you just gotta be smart and willing enough to look beyond the tourist guides, talk to real locals and respect the place you’re using to cement your “globetrotter” persona… so again, your ignorance is pretty crystal clear. This country has tons of awesome people doing awesome food on the streets, in small restaurants and businesses, but that’s for the eyes and palettes of people with no prior judgment, an open mind and a humble heart, none of which you seem to have.
    Do your research before steppin into a culture to then proceed and talk massive crap about it, and maybe getting ride of that horrible attitude might take you to places where you find real things and maybe, just MAYBEVnot just use traveling as an excuse to sound worldly.

    1. Look guys,

      Face it, your food sucks compared to what you produce and export out of the ground. No imagination and what Chile considers a “great typical dish”, sucks. Get used to it.

      I have lived here for 4 years and the food continues to suck. The variety of food sucks (except seafood when there is no red-tide) when the irresponsible greedy Salmon exporters break the rules. Empanadas suck, salads suck, deserts suck, and need someone with some talent let’s say from Peru to teach people how to cook.

  3. Even worse, I have lived in Bordeaux, Burgundy regions, Napa US, and South Africa and there is a very high end restaurant community the accumulates around fine wine which Chile has !

    So why does the food suck ? Pairing good food with good wine product, i.e. village cru, premium cru, gran cru and restaurants that understand how to cook unlike a primitive ape should follow.

    Consider France, South Africa, Australia….Chile ???? nada..export everything, no artisanal growers, only corporations trying to penetrate markets (same in a way with you fish.)

    Get some culture (and not German Hotdogs or Pork as the famous dish)

  4. Oh My god! Tough pastel the choclo??? You do realize that in pastel the choclo the corn is actually blended then cooked right. You also realize that it’s made with ground beef right. Do you feel ridiculous yet? I would.

  5. and then boil to death with zero spices (other than salt which everyone uses to excess) because of the suckinss of the food.

  6. Lia is most likely Chilean and has basically no culture nor sampled any food where there was any sort of imagination. Outside of 1700 Spain and the Mapuches basic diet, their really is not food culture here. Chile should stop hating everyone around them and learn how to cook.

  7. Well dear Kalbertine, I am certainly Chilean, however, the pleasure of knowing the taste of foods from other countries is not one of my shortcomings. As I read your comment I can’t help but to wonder why your your comments is so ignorant AND mistaken. It is pure assumption (you know what they say about assuming things) I am sure you don’t care to know that I have tried foods from all over the world, and, not because I have been to every single country, but because while studying abroad I had the opportunity to try food made by my classmates from the 7 continents. We had a cultural group we created to do just that, try our different foods and learn from our cultures. Kalbertine, I don’t need to tell you that you continue to be wrong but also rude. And, the fact that you are a teenager doesn’t give you a pass either. Given that fact I will not longer honor your comments with an answer. I have better things to do with my time.

    1. you probably were born poor and don’t have culture and are used to eating what low class chileans eat. you have to expand your palate and try new things. all the photos you posted clearly show how you didn’t go anywhere else. you’re literally the worst person in the world.

  8. just to let you know Chile may derive its name from a Native American word meaning either “ends of the earth” or “sea gulls”; from the Mapuche word chilli, which may mean “where the land ends;” or from the Quechua chiri, “cold”, or tchili, meaning either “snow” or “the deepest point of the Earth”. Not because is spicy, so ignorant.

  9. I ‘m a peruvian gastronomy student, and I think you guys are pretty ignorant. I’ve argued with chileans about food before, because it just happens, but Chilean food appeals to THEIR palates, not everything has to taste European. And I’m 1000% sure native latin-americans don’t give a damn about muh health food. If you want salads or ‘excellent pizza’ just move to Italy or something. If you want to travel the world, you gotta keep an open mind and def NOT expect european fusion cuisine everywhere you go.

  10. HaHaHa … Oh wo… Wait hahaha. That made me laugh. You think Chile the country is named that way cuz it has spicy foods, wow. They do have chile and peppers in Chile but they call it different from other Latin countries just like beans and avocados have a different name in Chile … HaHaHa I don’t even know why I kept reading.

  11. I am a chelian born and raised. I tell you right now that you 2 insult our country. You have the privilege of going up and down the country. You probably didn’t even bother to talk to the natives.when you go to a country to try their food, don’t go to restaurant. You talk to the locals and get to know them. They know how to cook. Knowing my chelian people , they will invite you and have a party with foods and then you’ll know the real food . The chelian don’t eat at restaurants, because we don’t need to. The hot dog thing is another i nsult. You do know that America has the worst hot dogs. Ketchup and hotdogs what is that? Put onions on makes look like a piece of crappie. You 2 are probably the only people I have ever heard say that our food sucks. What about American food hammers, pizza, hotdogs, and fried chicken that’s in every restaurant I have ever been to.

  12. Im impressed how 2 women treat so bad and even expresss roudly about other culture and attack for free. Nobody here is saying that chilean food is at the level of france or italy. They have thousends of years of historiy, so instead of showing that you both are travellers, show a little bit of culture and education, if you have.
    Your blog sucks and all what is written here. The respect is important and all I think is that you didnt have the minimiun of education to undersant it. Too much travel affected your intelligence, thats for sure.

  13. This is so sad, where did you go? Did you ate at street? So here is your reality: you ate in some cheap place because you are poor and ignorant (you think our country called like that because the food). Better stay in your country eating McDonals and wanting war and do not come never again , you only mess our streets.

  14. The authors seem extremely biased both in their limited “sample” and negative assessment of the food they tried in Chile. As some earlier commentators already said:
    1. There are lots of other (truly) Chilean dishes that are not mentioned in the article (e.g. What about the wide and rich variety of seafood dishes, such as paila marina, locos, empanadas de mariscos, chupe de lapas, albacora a la mantequilla, mariscal, pastel de jaiba…?)
    2. As in most countries, you need to know where to eat good quality food. For example, you can get empanadas almost anywhere in Chile, but do you really think they are all the same? Local people know where to find the good stuff. Sadly, uninformed tourists are left with the worst stuff.
    3. Their being vegetarian certainly didn’t help. It’s true: Chilean food is at its best when good quality meat (mainly beef, but also lamb), fish and seafood are the centre of the dish.
    4. As for flavours, there is much more than the bland ají they described: what about pebre (similar to Argentinian chimi churri) or cacho de cabra or mequén?
    5. Chilean sandwiches are a different chapter altogether: unusual combinations of vegetables, cheeses and different types of meat, seasoned with pebre or mayonnaise, washed down with a local “shop” (local draft beer)… Give me that over Macdonalds anytime! Again, you need to know where to go for the best!
    6. Last but not least, I personally totally disagree with their assessment of queso fresco (white cheese) and humitas… The stuff I missed the most since I left Chile 15 years ago…
    All in all, their review is ill-informed, partial and, sadly, written in a rather immature and offensive tone.

  15. I’m American but have lived in many different places and visited family in many different European countries. I’ve also lived in Chile, where my husband is from.
    One thing , among many about this post, that are as disappointing as your opinion of Chilean food is that you didn’t mention any desserts in detail. Did you even try brazo de reina, or torta de mil hojas, or alfajores?
    I think you’re comparing Chilean food to Argentine food too much. Why? They’re two very different cultures.
    Another thing is the really good food there usually isn’t sold. It’s made by families to share amongst each other, with their family’s recipes.
    While they don’t have anything on Italians, they’re food doesn’t suck. You just have to know their culture for more than the 10 days you were there.

  16. Horrible writing and you must really not know how to order foods or as mentioned before are traveling on a budget. You are traveling along the coast and the seafood options are endless. Meats are tasty and vegetables are also very rich in flavor. This article has got to be one of the worst written articles I have ever read. Reconsider your blogging career or hobby .

  17. I don’t know where you two ate, but it looks like all your budget allowed you to do was to eat at highway cafeterias. Not only have I lived in 10 different countries around the world, but I have lived in Chile for over a year because I have owned my own restaurant in Santa Cruz, Colchagua, where not only some of the worlds finest wine comes from but also is home to a lot of very rich people- hence, nice restaurants. I had the pleasure of personally knowing other restaurant owners and frequently dined at their establishments. I have traveled through the Andes by car several times, I have been to a plethora of places in Chile, both way north and south, and have spent a lot of time in Vina del Mar, Santiago and Concepción. My point is that I know my way around food there. First of all Chileans have some of the most amazing produce. If you would have ever bothered stopping at one of the local fruit and vegetable shops you would know that- especially the produce in Concepción is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Next, if you would have ditched the tourist places and actually tried real local home cooking maybe your opinion would have been different. Did you ever actually go to a supermarket and buy what the locals buy every day? Have you tried cochayuyo, porotos con riendas, brazo de reina, anything made with lucuma, chirimoya ice cream, etc.?
    I don’t understand why you went all the way to Chile if you wanted to eat Mexican food or pizza. But besides that fact, there are plenty of international restaurants. The quality is no better than in other countries- average sushi, average Mexican food, average Italian- unless of course you pay to go to a nicer restaurant- and that is the same in every country.
    And about the sopaipillas, which happen to be my favorite snack… I have never heard of mayonnaise on sopaipillas- maybe that is something that has eluded my attention, but they are usually served with pebre (butter and lime work well also), which together with the slightly sweet sopaipilla create the perfect flavor combination. If you are not grown up enough to appreciate the simplicity of such a little thing, you shouldn’t have a food blog.-also, probably you haven’t tried sopaipillas pasadas either…
    Most importantly, what I just can’t understand is how you spend time in the worlds most beautiful country and all you can do is bitch about the food.
    Your ignorant word vomit just makes you sound like little kids that didn’t get the right Barbie for Christmas.

  18. I have been to Chile on a major business trip (with thousands of other people) for 1 week followed by a week of private travel. Our daily breakfast and lunch were provided by a Chilean company.
    I hate to say that the food was rather unhealthy (often salty, sweet, and/or including a disproportionate amount of meat). While Chileans may love the food, almost everyone that I talked to in the business event wasn’t happy about it.
    In my private trips I went up North and ate several other dishes including many from local restaurants where Chileans were eating. There was not one meal that I could completely eat just because they were unhealty.

    The only other SA country I have been to was Brazil, and I’d say everyday food there was a lot better and I did not notice any problem with my eating.

  19. We are here in Chile now, pleased someone stuck their necks out and made an accurate assessment of the food situation here. Of course you have a lot of negative comments, Chileans are proud Latin American people. Of course Chleans love the food! Why not?
    But, ‘yes’ to your article on all accounts. Unless it’s a big hunk of meat, good luck. It’s hard not to compare food in different parts of the world. But I really want to teach some people how to make some bread!!!!!

  20. Make bread? Are you kidding? Chile has a pretty wide variety of awesome bread.

    Chilean food in general is just ok, occasionally great. This article basically missed all the highlights of their food. Chile is basically one gigantic coast and you don’t eat any seafood?

  21. I live here and the food is terrible. Chilean food is very basic and primitive and un healthy and chileans are very uneducated. Most chilenas never traveled out of chile so they don’t know anything else, thats why they like the food.

  22. You are, absolutely, right. The Chilean food is disgusting and sparse. They steal the Peruvian food and the Pisco because they have no identity. In Chile there are more than 300 Peruvian restaurants. Come to Peru to eat well. Regards!

  23. I’m going to have to agree with this article.
    As a proud chilean (both parents are from there), who lived there for 7 years, I was never pleased with the food.
    Bland, boring, uninspiring, primitive, and lacking seasoning (other than salt as mentioned above) is how I would describe the food there.
    Also a clear lack of presentation and plating at restaurants. They don’t have a good eye for what looks aesthetically pleasing to eat.

  24. NOOOOOOO!!!!! You are a terrible Mistake…. Pisco is 100% PERUVIAN… is a City in PERU name PISCO…. all the food in PERU is a PARADISE…… COME TO PERU!!!!!

  25. It is said by someone from the first world with all the luxuries, here in Chile the food has history, dishes with products easy to find for the poor people that were in the country and still exist. Latin American food may seem to be between countries because it was from the Spanish colony, and many indigenous cultures shared their recipes. Chile is a land different from the rest of Latin America, who wrote this hoped that here they will dance zamba and fly toucans in Santiago. Chile as it is different it needs to make dishes with local products. If you in your developed countries would go hungry for years, they would love our dishes like the charquicán, the Porotos con Rienda and the Cazuela. Sure you prefer to eat at a vegan friendly Starbucks, but that’s not our reality. If you are going to travel to a country you must understand the history of this and not expect a country totally different from yours to have European food.

  26. I am a Chilean Chef living in London and I can only say you are very ignorant, rude, impolite and super funny!
    unfortunately you did not get our traditional food and just for that you are no able to give your belief. Did you try (vegetarian dishes) porotos con riendas, porotos granados,humitas con ensalada chilena y ají verde, charquicán de cochayuyo, ceviche de cochayuyo, guiso de acelgas, tortillas de porotos verdes, fritos de coliflor, etc.?
    I would like to know if you have any professional knowledge to give your opinion
    Did you work in a restaurant or been a food critic?
    Did you study to write about it?
    best regards

    1. Excuses excuses.
      Why can’t Chileans just accept that their cuisine sucks?
      There is little gastronomy culture in Chile. All the dishes you mentioned are rarely cooked by the traditional families.
      Porotos con riendas? really? that is the most basic dish ever!
      I 100 % echo the sentiments of the author, and as stated above, I am chilean. Lived there for 7 years, and ate all that type of food. To me it’s just incredibly bland and boring.

  27. I live in Chile at the momment and they are completely right. Primitive food and without any real aesthetic presenting the dishes, but of course, they will still ask you for the tip!!! Also, Chileans are very rud and do not work properly. Also, they do not take care of the ingredients (got food poisoned in a extremely expensive restaurant !!!). And also be careful with the carnicerias where they sell meat…couple of times they gave me meat that went off!!!
    Now their tactics are to take the traditional drinks and dishes from Peru saying that it was their originally…sad.
    Only extremely good thing is the fish and seafood…but is not for normal chileans as is very expensive and the big corporations are ending with the fish supply from Chile. …sad

  28. What about the seafood? That is one of the best in South America, maybe you guys are too cheap to buy decent food anywhere in the world…and the beans are really good on a sandwich, did your close mind even try it? Also from the looks on the food you guys went to below average places. Otherwise those beans would have looked bright green and not dark green.

  29. Apparently you don’t like to post anything that goes against your assessment. Seafood in Chile is the best in the region, also, did you try really good and moist layer cakes we make, that are way better than the dry version you have in the United States for the most part. What can you compare those sandwiches to? McDonalds perhaps, I don’t think your assessment is fair.

  30. Sorry to break it down to you, but you are the typical American asshole, that’s why they hate you guys everywhere, also, what’s American that is really good food wise? All your food is sweet from BBQ to Chinese.

  31. The salad you did not like as served is called Salad Melee in France. I love it this way and it is never mixed, but still named Melee! Neither have I eaten or seen some of the other dishes..and they do look bad.
    The travels you described in Chile are superb, and I have visited them all many time. Nice website

  32. I agree with you guys. I think Chilean food is really boring with the exception of palta (but that doesn’t need preparation as far as i’m concerned) and pebre. I honestly don’t know what the big deal about empanadas is. To me they are just plain. They can’t even get fries right. They’re never crispy enough. I believe that he fact that the Chileans who have left comments here are all complaining and insulting you just proves one more point about that country and its people: they just CANNOT accept criticism. I really dislike the food here and all the other expats I know say the same thing, so there must be some truth to it.. Plus, have those who are calling you rude realized that you really made an effort to stress how beautiful their country is and how much you liked staying there? So it is really unfair of them to claim you were trying to insult them. That, to me, is typically Chilean and it is also a reason for why things don’t improve around here, either.

  33. wow a lot of typically indignant Chileans commenting on how good their food is, ok then where and what outside of the dishes the authors mentioned would you recommend? In the vast majority of my time here those dishes are exactly what many many Chileans will tell me are “traditional” meals and I was left distinctly underwhelmed to say the least. So then if we are to try something as spectacular as you say there is what would some of you recommend? Open to suggestion

  34. After almost 7 years in Chile I couldn’t agree more! Finally someone put to words what I feel every single day! Stay faithful to your good work.

  35. I misread; I hoped the article would explain WHY the food sucks.
    A friend said “you eat so sweet and salty your tastebud are numbs anyway” ^^

  36. I don’t think ALL the food is bad in Chile. I had some really good seafood, plus there’s good ice cream out there. Plus, you can go to Pizza Hut or Pizza Pizza if you want North American style. There’s some good shawarma here and there. However, if Chile wishes to join the civilized countries, learn to make empanadas with a better crust—and put real cheese and jamon in them. Allow more imported cheese. And learn to make bacon. How hard is that? Cure it and smoke it! Chilenos tell me it’s because you have no hickory, but you have applewood, so smoke with that, or Ulmo! Same goes for ham. And hotdogs? Why do you make them with chicken? They’re slimy, and stop looking at us funny when we tell you to hold the mayo. Sausage needs a lot of work too. The wine is good, but how come no German or Italian white wines in the stores?

  37. Been living in Chile for a 18 months. Completely agree. Chilean food is bland as fuck. But I’m not here for the food nd I taught myself how to cook stuff from back home so that’s ok.

  38. Insulting us when we try to recieve the tourists the best we can, hard working people, I don’t understand, this irresponsible opinion even was national and all my country felt offended. You could have said your opinion without been offensive. If you go to visit the house of someone yo do the same thing? I think you don’t have manners. But luckly as you hated our disgusting food so much, you won’t come back. “when you insult the food that someone eats you are offending the person too, because food is a source of dignity”. I just want you to understand that this kind of behavior is from a spoiled child, and ungrateful gest. We don’t want gests like you anymore.

  39. Estoy viviendo en Chile ahora y estoy de acuerdo! He comido en muchos restaurantes diferentes (caros y baratos) y la mayoría son malos. Claro, hay restaurantes muy buenos también, pero en general la comida es asco. No sólo la comida chilena, pero casi toda la comida (pasta, hamburguesas, etcetéra). Es como los chilenos no les gustan comida buena! Muy raro porque los mercados tienen frutas y verduras increíbles. En Perú, la comida fue buenisima. Pero aquí, casi toda la comida tiene demasiado azucár (casi imposible encontrar yogur sin azucar y gelatina, por ejemplo). No quiero estar grosera, pero es un facto que la mayoría de gente no chileno no les gustan la comida aqui.
    Ps. Las sopaipillas, deberían comerlas con pebre! Una “salsa” super rica, un pocito como pico de gallo.

  40. The sandwich with green beans it´s called “Chacarero”.
    I think you are right, the chilean gastronomy it´s not very original or creative, but I can´t support the idea of unflavorful foods. I dont see Pastel de Choclo here, one of the most traditional dish of the central Chile. I don´t read anything about seafood!
    By the other hand, that restaurants that you mention in your article…(Le Fournil? really?) well, did you go to a more typical place, like Vega Central, Mercado, Marisquería?
    And the regular coffee…Of course, it is not the specialty here, we are not Colombia or Cuba. Somebody says in a comment that who wrote this, hoped see zamba and fly toucans in Santiago, haha.

  41. I got tired of reading this drivel because it was so long-winded and the menu bar takes up half of the page. I’ve had other empanadas and the Chilean version (al horno) is my favorite. But the star of Chilean cuisine is the bread. If they had nothing else but the bread, Chilean cuisine would be great. Theirs is the best on earth.

  42. To eat good food in Chile, go to a Peruvian restaurant. When visiting Chile, you’re there for authenticity, nature, humble, loving, respectful, honest folk. Safely walking around, relatively very well operating transportation systems to help you get around, and generally, very helpful Chileans who are not trying to eek out an existence from a few extra dollars they can get out of you. Most food you’ll find reflects those values, so don’t go expecting some remarkable culinary experience. Go with the knowledge that most food you’ll encounter is going to be provisional, meant for sustenance, energy, and high calories, because Chileans are busy and outdoorsy people. Given Chile has one of the highest per capita income in Latin America, you can pay mid-range bucks and satisfy any discriminating palette in a more expansive restaurant.

  43. Only difference being that a more expensive restaurant presents the food in a more desirable manner on the plate, prettier to look at but still quite ordinary. Countries allot worse off economically then Chile still mange to serve desirable local food and have discovered full cream milk. I can’t even be bothered really so I’ll try and be quick. If you are visiting Chile as a foreigner? (Which I DO recommend) All of the “Nice things” in life you’re used to probably will not exist in Chile, particularly the food. Oh, and even if you’re not American people automatically assume you are.

  44. The worst food on Earth is …(drum roll please) Chilean cuisine! Winner of the most boring/uninteresting food on the planet is chilean food, which is passed through the deflavorizing machine, a unique specialty, the result is extremely bland dishes with absolutely no flavour. Swish restaurants can’t even cook a steak properly. Chilean food sucks so much that i had to always cook for myself. The globe trotter girls are 100% spot-on correct! So Chileans, take heed and learn how to cook from your Peruvian neighbours; learn how to make proper bread and process cheese with respect. Chilean-folk simply don’t know how to cook.

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