Chile is not a major street food destination. Still, in Santiago, there are vendors who specialize in a few local treats.
Sopapillas, the round fritters in the photo above, are one of the most popular Chilean snacks. They consist on soft bread-like dough mixed with a little pumpkin (hence the yellowish color), which is deep-fried and served hot. This might sound a little dull, but when you add to your sopaipilla the array of toppings available, things change. Apart from plain ‘ol ketchup and mustard, the focus goes to local sauces such as pebre (a typical Chilean mix of tomatoes, onions, garlic and herbs) and aji amarillo (that is, yellow chilli sauce… and muchas gracias Peru for this delicious import!)
For under USD 0.20 a piece, a warm sopaipilla sure does the trick on a cold day outside!
Sounds delicious, but what can be better than samosa? :)))
Well, that is true! A samosa is a much more complete treat.
But while here in Chile.. sopaipillas for the win!! ;)
Hmmmm sounds amazing… I’ll need to find a place that serves them in Melbourne :)
Ohhh good luck with that! I have never seen sopaipillas anywhere else but Latin America. Maybe you can check the recipe online and re-create them at home?! ;)
I never knew they were mixed with pumpkin! We really enjoyed eating this. A sapaipilla topped with a few slices of avocado and some pebre = perfection!
Oh man, I have never tried sopaipillas with avocado on top. That sounds like an EXCELLENT idea!! :D
Amazing how a simple dish can become so delicious by adding a special sauce. Sound great!
So true! Specially if it is a Peruvian sauce… these guys are masters at making anything taste delicious!! :)