Cuisine & Nightlife
the vast coast of Chile, it's a small wonder that the national cuisine
is heavily based on the fruits of the sea. Almost everywhere,
excluding towns deep inland, you can find fresh seafood. The predominant
dishes often come with rice and feature clams, mussels, sea urchins,
Chilean sea bass and abalone. Meat dishes tend to be Spanish-based with
local modifications. Empanadas (cheese, meat, or
seafood turnovers) are common, along with humitas -grated fresh corn pudding
with basil. Perhaps the most loved dish is Pastel de Choclo, a beef and
chicken pie topped with a
sweet corn mixture and baked in an individual clay pot. Other
national dishes include porotos (semi-ripe beans cooked with green beans), corn, squash
and basil- and cazuela -a Chilean stew made with chicken or beef.
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